I don't know much about the history of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, but I don't need to before declaring that July 29, 2008 was two outs from being the greatest non-postseason day in franchise history. First they give up Casey Kotchman and a minor league pitcher for Mark Teixeira**, then John Lackey almost no-hits the Boston Red Sox in an act of revenge for Jon Lester doing the same thing to the Angels on May 19.
Dustin Pedroia broke up the no-hit bid with a seeing-eye grounder between third and short before Kevin Youkilis launched a hanging Lackey pitch over the Green Monster.
-Lackey's career numbers in seven games at Fenway Park before tonight: 1-4, 35 IP, 7.46 ERA, seven HR, 12 BB.
-The last no-hitter in Fenway Park was thrown in 1958.
This also would have served as redemption for the Angels after their no-hitter by committee on June 28 was not only deemed unofficial because it spanned just eight innings, but also turned into a 1-0 loss to the Dodgers.
What's great about this is that Teixeira didn't play tonight (although he is optimistic that he will tomorrow) and the Angels still dominated their closest competition in the American League (and probably all of baseball.)
As a sidenote, Kotchman must be pissed.
**That's the story I wrote for The Sports Network.