Game 1 notes. UPDATED with Snyder quotes.
When it was determined that Tim Wakefield wouldn't be able to pitch in the World Series it created an opening for a player who wasn't on Boston's roster in the American League Championship Series. Red Sox manager Terry Francona made the rather surprising announcement yesterday that Kyle Snyder would be added to the club's active roster. It has been speculated that Julian Tavarez would be the likely pitcher to replace Wakefield. Francona said he also considered adding Bryan Corey to the roster. "We examined every scenario possible before we made our decision, including the possibility of someone getting hurt, what the weather might be and other factors," said Francona. "A lot of thought went into our decision, and we ended up doing what we thought would be best for our ballclub." Snyder would likely be used in long relief if one of Boston's starters ran into early problems. That was the role Jon Lester had in the ALCS, but he's been moved into the starting rotation. The Red Sox still haven't officially announced who their starting pitcher will be in the fourth game Sunday night in Denver, but it's slated to be Lester. "Unless something totally unexpected happens, Lester will start the fourth game," said Francona. Wakefield would have pitched tonight's second game, but the Red Sox never considered giving that start to Lester. Curt Schilling will pitch tonight and Daisuke Matsuzaka will be Boston's starter in Saturday night's third game at Coors Field.
"The reason why we were going to start Wakefield in Games 2 and 6 is because we didn't want him to pitch in Denver," admitted Francona. "Why would we start (Lester) in the second game? We want (Josh) Beckett and Schilling to each pitch two games."
"I was extremely excited," said Snyder. "I didn't see it coming. I was under the assumption that I was going to come in and root the team on from start to finish. I would have been just as happy to be part of that club as I am in that bullpen. Under the circumstances, I'd have to say I'm a little bit more excited to be part of the team now that I'm on the active roster with the potential to help this team out."
Snyder said he left the ballpark around 3 on Tuesday afternoon and turned his phone off. A call came for him around 4, but he didn't check his messages until 4:30. He saw there was a message from pitching coach John Farrell and he immediately returned the call.
"He put Tito on the phone and he told me I was on the World Series roster. That was as exciting a phone call as I've ever received in this game. It was like the first time I've ever gotten called to the big leagues."