Man oh man….
About a year ago Dustin Pedroia, soon to be rookie of the year, saves Clay Bucholz’s no-hitter with an incredible play. Yesterday Jacoby does the same for Jon Lester. That group of 4 players is like the Mount Rushmore of why the Red Sox have put themselves in a position to win, a lot, over the next decade. All of that done with the “rock” behind the plate that is Jason Varitek.
It’s no coincidence that he’s now caught a record 4 no-hitters, trust me. I would BET, BIG MONEY, that I’d have been the 4th if I hadn’t shaken him off…..
Anyway. Congratulations to Jon, what an incredible story for so many reasons beyond baseball. From surviving cancer to spreading the word about strength, integrity, faith and courage, to winning the clinching game of the 2007 World Series, to this. Wow, good stuff.
The thing I smiled most about, and was most proud of, well things actually, was the fact he kept within himself, never let a pitch, or an at bat get away from him, and showed why he’s a potential top of the rotation, ace kind of guy. I know what it’s like in that 9th inning, right up to the 2 out part, and I know you are breathing heavier, but I also know it’s about control, internal and external, and not forgetting what it is you’re trying to do, which is make pitches. The Jon Lester of a year ago would have had trouble doing that, this guy now, won’t.
His stuff is quality, ace like, and damn good. Add that to a guy possessing character out the ying-yang and you might be able to now understand why the team wasn’t all that excited about trading him, or Jacoby, or any of these young kids away this winter.
It’s the thing that will always make baseball the greatest game on earth. On ANY given night you have many chances to see something you’ll never see again, or that’s never happened before, after over a 100 years of the game being played already.
The Lord does work in mysterious and wonderful ways.
Congratulations Lefty, thanks for the life long memory!