...the first of the year! Thank you sweet Jesus and all the disciples!
You know, there are good reasons that-in spite of the rabid media, pitiless fans, and fishbowl existence-free agents list Boston as a highly desirable place to play (second only, umm, to NY, which has the same problems) and it's been on evidence the past couple of nights at Fenway. While the faithful can at times be a player's worst thorn, and booing your own in Boston is a cottage industry of sorts, once a guy has been through the fire and come out intact there are no more devoted fans on earth. Our standards may be high, but our loyalty runs just as deep, and I was so proud to be a member of this group I was almost in tears last night. He carrried us in '04, folks. It was nice to be able to return the favor. As Jason Varitek noted, "I think it’s big we had our fans get behind him. It was a pretty electric moment for David.”
AND for us...there's a palpable feeling of relief, that it's all going to be all right now.
Congratulations, Papi and Sox, on a VERY satisfying victory! Now let's keep it going!
EDIT: Even Shaughnessy agrees with me: It was a moment. Where else would this happen? In what other town could your slugger go homerless for 35 games, drop to .200, then be summoned from the dugout for a tip of the cap? This is why the truly great ones love playing here.