Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 8/4/12
Editor's note: NESN.com is going to tell the story of the 2012 Red Sox in Bobby Valentine’s words. Each game day, we will select the best Valentine quote that sums up the day for the Red Sox. With two outs in the ninth inning and a man standing at second base, Will Middlebrooks fought through arguably the best at-bat of his young, major league career. The battle went on for what seemed like 15 pitches -- more like eight in reality -- and saw Middlebrooks fight off a mix of fastballs and sliders like he'd been in the league for...

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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