New York Marathon Too Much For Red Sox


Aug 9, 2009

New York Marathon Too Much For Red Sox This week’s numbers feature a youthful group of Patriots, a struggling lineup of Red Sox and the surprising draft slot of a Norris Trophy winner. 

27.5: The average age of the Patriots’ current linebackers. That’s a drop of almost two full years from last year’s group (29.4). 

1st: Jerod Mayo is in search of his first Pro Bowl appearance. The last six players to win AP Defensive Rookie of the Year, which Mayo won in 2008, have been named to the Pro Bowl squad the following season. 

5:33: Length in hours and minutes of the Red Sox-Yankees’ 15-inning classic on Friday.

9-21: The Red Sox record in August of 2006. The club started the month tied for first and ended up eight games out by the end of August. This year’s Red Sox team has gone 2-6 to open August.

.167: The Red Sox’ winning percentage against the Texas Rangers this season, the lowest success rate against any opponent.  The Red Sox, who are 1-5 against Texas, travel to Rangers Ballpark for a three-game set starting Friday.   

30 percent: David DeJesus’ stolen base success rate (3-10) this season. It would rank dead last in the majors if the Royals outfielder qualified (20 stolen base attempts in 162 games). Still, it doesn’t come close to Larry Gardner, who was caught 20 of the 23 times he attempted to nab a base for Cleveland in 1920. Ranking third on the all-time worst base stealers list is the inappropriately named Zip Collins, who played for the 1916 Red Sox. 

11: Consecutive seasons with at least 20 stolen bases for Bobby Abreu. It is the longest current streak in the majors. 

5: Number of home games to start the Bruins’ 2009-10 season. According to, it is the B’s longest season-opening home stand since 1927-28.

56th: Overall draft position of Zdeno Chara, who was picked by the New York Islanders in 1996. After the 2000-01 season, Mike Milbury, then-general manager of the Islanders, traded the defenseman to the Senators. Chara signed a five-year deal with the Bruins as an unrestricted free agent in 2006.

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