The starting pitchers don’t matter (it’s Gabbard v. Vasquez), the place in the standings doesn’t either (look that one up yourselves). What matters is that the Big Man is back — and I’m not talking about David Wells’ impressive debut for the Padres this weekend.
There might be a tear or two shed in Fenway tonight, and rightfully so. Big Papi is loved as much as athousands of people can love a player they don’t know except through soundbites and camera flashes. We’re all thankful he’s OK. We’re all ecstatic he’s back on the field. And that’s all that matters.
(And Jeter’s VORP may be bigger, but baseball’s not the only field replete with performance enhancers.)