Monday, May 19, 2008

Baseball Fantastic

Game 47 - Red Sox

Red Sox 7, Royals 0
Record: 28-19

Really, Disney would've rejected this script as too maudlin, and far too fairy tale. Kid makes it to the big leagues. Kid gets cancer. Kid comes back, struggles, then wins Game 4 of the World Series. And then throws a no-hitter the following season. This is why we watch sports.

Since you already know the rest of the story, I give you SoSHer Corsi Combover's reaction, "Wow, if that Francona/Lester embrace doesn't make you well up, nothing will."

It was a mite dusty in my house, too, during that embrace. During his postgame presser, Francona acknowledged viewing Lester like a son, and said, "He's not just a good kid because he threw a no-hitter. He's a good kid because he's a good kid."

Watching that hug and then listening to Francona after the game reminded me of how perfect he is for this Sox team. Secure enough in himself to give the veterans rope and keep them loose, and credible and caring enough as a mentor to lead the kids. He remains perhaps the most unsung contributor to the Sox' success over the last 4 years.

Oh, and if we're counting, that makes the all-time no-hitter scoreboard Sox 18, Mets 0.

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