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David Ray (Dave) Roberts

Born: May 31, 1972; Okinawa, Japan  Height: 5'10"  Weight: 180
Bats: Left  Throws: Left  Position: Outfield  #31

Dave Roberts

The experience has been tremendous.
Obviously, you can talk to anyone in the clubhouse and they'd like to be in there every single inning, but for me to be able to contribute in the ways I do, and just to be a part of a great team like this, and to have a chance to rewrite history, is special to me - and will be the rest of my life.
-- Dave Roberts 

2004 Statistics

(w/ BOS)
45 86 19 22 10 14 10 17 .256 .330 .442 
 ALDS  ---  ---  --- 
 ALCS  ---  ---  --- 
 WS  Did not play

2004 Season Highlights

•  Dave Roberts came to the Red Sox from the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 31 in a trading-deadline deal for minor leaguer Henri Stanley. He started 19 games down the stretch, and appeared in 26 others as a pinch-runner or defensive replacement.

•  On August 31, Dave had a double and a three-run homer in the Red Sox' 10-7 win over Anaheim that completed a sweep and solidified their place at the top of the Wild Card standings.

•  Roberts started seven straight games from August 31 to September 6, with four doubles, a home run, and five RBI in that span.

•  On September 17 in New York, he came in in the ninth inning to pinch-run for Trot Nixon. He stole second and scored the tying run on Orlando Cabrera's single off Mariano Rivera, and the Sox went on to win 3-2.

2004 Postseason Highlights

•  Dave's only action in the Division Series was a pinch-running appearance for Bill Mueller in Game 2.

•  His contributions to the ALCS were far more significant. In Game 4, the Sox trailed 0-3 in the series and were down 4-3 going into the ninth inning with Mariano Rivera on the mound for the Yankees. Kevin Millar led off with a walk, and Roberts came in to pinch-run. He knew what he had to do. There were no signals from the dugout, just a wink from Terry Francona on his way in. He danced off the bag while Rivera threw to first three times, then threw ball one to Bill Mueller. Roberts broke for second, and slid in just under the tag. Mueller singled on the next pitch and Dave was able to come around and score the tying run. He was replaced in the field the next inning, so he was only in the game for a few minutes. But his stolen base was the most important theft in Red Sox history, and allowed the game to continue into the twefth inning, when David Ortiz's walkoff blast won the game.

•  The following night, in Game 5, the Sox were in a simliar position. A loss would still end their season, and again they were down 4-3 in the eighth inning. Just like Game 4, Millar walked, and Roberts pinch-ran. This time he didn't even need to steal. Tom Gordon was so preoccupied with holding him at first, that he gave up a single to Trot Nixon. Roberts raced to third on the hit, then scored the tying run on Jason Varitek's sacrifice fly. Again, Dave's baserunning had saved the season, and this time Ortiz won it with a walkoff hit in the fourteenth.

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