Magic in the Lyric Little Bandbox

Even after steroids, BALCO, a tied All-Star game, a canceled World Series, and million dollar salaries in a country and a world that knows too much poverty, this is why I still love baseball (and the Boston Red Sox):

Seven months after winning the final game of the World Series, the 24-year-old kid who survived cancer pitches a no-hitter at Fenway Park.

Yep, even after all of the stuff mentioned above, I just love the game and in that “lyric little bandbox” in Kenmore Square on any given spring night magic is just waiting to happen. That’s what happened last night as Jon Lester no-hit the Kansas City Royals. How rare are no hitters in baseball? As Dan Shaughnessy reports today in the Boston Globe, Roger Clemens, for all of his Cy Young (best pitcher of the year) Awards, never threw one in a 23 year career and the entire New York Mets team has never had a pitcher throw one in their team’s 46-year history. But on a crisp New England spring evening in Boston last night, Jon Lester pitched one.

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