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Honored Roberts passes on Fenway festivities

Honored Roberts passes on Fenway festivities

Honored Roberts passes on Fenway festivities
SAN DIEGO -- There's no telling when Padres first-base coach Dave Roberts will get home after Friday's game against the Phillies, but when he does he's got a date scheduled -- with his DVR.

Roberts declined an invitation to Friday's ceremony in Boston to honor the 100th anniversary of Major League play at Fenway Park. Over 200 former Red Sox players attended the ceremony that was held before the Sox's game against the Yankees.

"I recorded it," Roberts said. "I can't wait to check it out."

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Roberts played in 45 games with the Red Sox in 2004, though he might have stolen the most important base in the history of the franchise that postseason.

Roberts stole second base in the ninth inning of Game 4 of the American League Championship Series against the Yankees, which helped the Red Sox, down three games to none, win that night. Boston went on to defeat the Yankees in seven games before claiming the club's first World Series title since 1918.

Roberts said Friday he didn't feel right leaving the Padres, who went into their game against the Phillies with a 3-11 record.

"It was a pretty easy decision for me," Roberts said. "This situation here ... I want to be part of it. And as much as I respect the opportunity to go back, and everyone here gave me their blessing to go, my job is to be here with these guys."

Roberts got to return to Boston last season when the Padres played the Red Sox during Interleague Play. He has returned a few times since that magical run of 2004.

"I went back for the [World Series] ring ceremony in 2005, when I was playing for the Padres. I opened the season on the disabled list, so that made it easy to receive my ring," Roberts said. "It was really unbelievable."

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