Mike Lowell doesn't want to take it back. Faced with a 2-0 count, with an extremely wild Scot Shields on the mound, and the bases loaded in a one-run game, he thinks it was the right thing to do and the right situation in which to do it. He would, as he said, swing again.
"Looking for one pitch, one spot," Lowell said. "I got it, took a good swing, and the result was obviously not too satisfying. But if I'm in that situation again, I would do exactly the same thing. Hopefully with a different result. But I took away the corners, I looked middle, I looked top, belt high, and that's exactly where it was. My timing was there. I guess it wasn't in the cards. But that was exactly the pitch I wanted in that situation."
Or as manager Terry Francona said, "I'm OK with that. I wanted him to hit that ball in their bullpen."
He didn't, though. With the bases full after David Ortiz, Kevin Youkilis, and Jason Bay had all reached on walks, Lowell popped up the 91-mile-per-hour fastball to third baseman Chone Figgins in foul territory for the second out of the eighth inning. Jason Varitek flied out on the next pitch to end the threat, but it was the one to Lowell that was just so close.