A Great Day


This one’s for the newbies.

There will be plenty of time to extol the accomplishments of the Pedroias, the Lesters, the Youkilises. Last night belonged to those who haven’t been here before.

To Jason Bay, toiling in baseball’s purgatory, traded four times since being drafted by a team that no longer exists, filling the largest shoes perhaps any midseason acquisition has had to fill.

To the indispensable rookies — Justin Masterson, Jed Lowrie, Jeff Bailey — filling in when there were no other options, succeeding despite overwhelming pressure.

And to the road-weary veterans. Paul Byrd, Mark Kotsay, Sean Casey. They’ve been down this road before, but not with this team. Not in this town. And they’re still questing for the ring.

And it’s partly for the bit players, as well. The ones who provided little pieces of the Red Sox’ fifth playoff-bound season in six years: Kevin Cash, Brandon Moss, Chris Carter, Michael Bowden and, yes, even Bartolo Colon.

Yesterday was also for the man who has seen almost everything. This isn’t new for John Michael Pesky (nee Paveskovich). No. 6, never to be worn again, except by the right-field portico. It’s a long-deserved honor, one that has been denied too many Red Sox players.

Indeed, a great day for a great team and a great man. The journey’s really just begun, but the beginning is well worth celebrating.

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  • Great Day for the Sox Indeed!
    Just another reason to laugh in the face of Arod and the Yanks…

    Sammy September 24, 2008, 12:37 pm
  • Ummm, or a great day to focus on our accomplishments and ignore the teams who aren’t going to the playoffs…

    Paul SF September 24, 2008, 12:44 pm
  • That’s some top-notch analysis, Spammy. Er, I mean Sammy.

    FenSheaParkway September 24, 2008, 1:04 pm
  • This hasn’t really sunk in for me yet. I haven’t had the chance to watch much of the Sox in September, so I’m feeling a little disconnected with the team. Plus, I feel like they should have sewn this up, oh, about two weeks ago. It feels great to have almost a week to enjoy it now. Seems like it hasn’t been that way in a long time.
    Nice shout out for the role players, Paul. I do love it when guys like Sean Casey or Jason Bay have a chance at a championship after earning their way there. Here’s hoping they’ll get it.

    FenSheaParkway September 24, 2008, 1:13 pm
  • In that picture Pedroia looks like he’s trying to take a bite out of Lowell’s bits-and-pieces.

    Atheose September 24, 2008, 1:16 pm
  • Absolutely FSP, especially with regards to Bay. He’s played with a ton of energy and enthusiasm since coming to Boston, and he deserves it more than anyone.

    Atheose September 24, 2008, 1:18 pm
  • By the way, today’s the first cold day we’ve had here in Virginia, so it’s REALLY starting to feel like playoff time. I love October.

    Atheose September 24, 2008, 1:19 pm
  • I’m glad for Bay – people were worried about him hitting lefties, and how he would transition to the AL after seeing NL pitching, I think he’s done quite well!
    oh – Drew is starting tonight, Bay has the night off.

    dw (sf) September 24, 2008, 1:20 pm
  • Drew is starting tonight, dw? Finally!
    Go go gadget REVERSE-JINX
    Drew may be feeling better, but he’ll probably be afraid to swing at 100%, and it’s been so long that he’s going to struggle. He’ll probably go 0 for 4 with a few strikeouts.
    End reverse-jinx.

    Atheose September 24, 2008, 1:32 pm
  • Drew starting as reported on boston.com via Tito’s radio show today.

    dw (sf) September 24, 2008, 1:50 pm
  • Great news. The Sox need Drew back more than any other non-pitcher. Hopefully, he can keep the back in check for another month.
    Also, I’m gonna give myself a “called it” on Bay’s excellence in Boston. He simply has done exactly what he did for Pittsburgh — be one of the game’s best left fielders.

    Paul SF September 24, 2008, 2:35 pm
  • For one day at least I hate the Mets more than the Sox. It really doesn’t bother me that the Sox are in and the Yankees aren’t because on the whole the Sox fans have been pretty cool. Here in NY/NJ area the Mets fans are O.O.C.!!! They are throwing funerals for the Yankees and celebrating their missing the playoffs. Seems odd to me because they are not a sure bet to make the playoffs either. I think SF has a name for this Scneidfoofer or something like that. Anyway, go get ’em Sox and by go get ’em I mean try your best to lose in the 1st round. Seriously though congrats Sox fans.

    John - YF September 24, 2008, 2:41 pm
  • Like to see the front of the Photog, Lugo (can’t they p’shop him out of the shot) and Jacoby look like their posing for a GQ cover!

    BillsBurgSF September 24, 2008, 8:34 pm
  • Did anyone hear Papelbon after the game? Oh My Lord! If you haven’t, check it out.

    John - YF September 24, 2008, 8:39 pm

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