Friday, November 1, 2013

Big Karma

I am not a Boston Red Sox fan.  That being said, as someone who appreciates and admires excellence (and as someone who has scant few friends and who counts among their number one who is a devout Sox fan) and as someone whose mother raised him to believe that things happen for a reason, I fell asleep Wednesday night believing that Karma's tumblers had all fallen into place this baseball season.  The Sox in 2013 delivered not simply to themselves but to a community who they took into their embrace and who ended up embracing them right back a World Series win in a year when that community really, really needed it.  The '13 Red Sox accomplished what the '01 Yankees tried valiantly but failed to accomplish:  they applied the salve of sports to a real-life wound. 

On Wednesday night in Fenway Park, late April seemed both very far away and so close that you could taste it and touch it.  For it was on Saturday, April 20 - the final day of a week of Hell in Boston that the Red Sox honored the heroes and the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, which had happened that Monday. 

And it was way back when in late April when Big Papi - David Ortiz - delivered his "State of Boston" address to the crowd at Fenway Park.  English may not be Ortiz's native tongue but he had no difficulty at all getting his point across to the folks in attendance.  He did so in a way that permitted all of Boston to understand that Big Papi's broad shoulders were strong enough to support all of them and that his arms were long enough to wrap all of them in the comfort of the embrace that they desperately needed.

Baseball crowned its 2013 World Champion on Wednesday night.  And in a storyline that would make Frank Capra blush, the man who led the Sox to their third WS title since 2004 was none other than Beantown's newest in-demand motivational speaker himself.  In the six games against the Cardinals Ortiz had eleven hits in sixteen official at-bats.  It took the Cardinals until Game Six to grasp the concept that walking him was less injurious to them than allowing him to swing the bat.  Although the Series ended one day short of Halloween, from the St. Louis dugout, Ortiz wore the costume of a one-man wrecking crew.  He won the MVP - to the surprise of no one.  And when it was over, there he was again on the field at Fenway Park, giving an updated "State of Boston" address.  

Except Wednesday night, he did not need to grab a microphone and utter a single word.  His smile told the story.

A story that for Ortiz, the Red Sox and all of Boston had a wonderfully happy ending.  

How many days until pitchers and catcher report? 


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