Even eight months later, just reminiscing about the moment brought a huge smile to Bobby Kielty's face. A smile he tried to hide to appear cool in front his teammates.
"It happened so fast," he remembered during his recent rehab stint with the Lowell Spinners. "The seventh inning ended, and I heard, 'Hey Kilt, you're going to hit.' I figured, it's the World Series, and I'm going to be aggressive. I went up there, got the pitch, swung and I knew from the moment I made contact that it was gone."
In his only at-bat of the 2007 World Series, Kielty blasted a pinch-hit solo homer to left field for the run that was the difference in Boston's 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies in the decisive fourth game.
"I figured I would probably never be able to play in the World Series again," he said. "I had a good batting practice before the game, so there was no way I was going up there taking strikes. And it turned out pretty good."
That was the highlight of his Red Sox career, which officially came to an end yesterday when he asked for and was given his release by the Red Sox on Sunday.
The Sox signed him as a free agent last August after he was designated for assignment by Oakland in late July.
After going without an at-bat in the American League Division series, he recorded two hits in five at-bats in the ALCS, including a two-run single off 2007 Cy Young Award winner CC Sabathia in Game 1 vs. Cleveland.
"I had been in the playoffs with the Twins and Oakland and had never gotten a start," he said. "So to get a start against a pitcher I had good luck against was very exciting."