Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Legendary Brady-Ortiz first pitch, and magical Mookie

My two biggest takeaways from the Red Sox home opener yesterday at Fenway Park:

1.  A four-time Super Bowl champion and likely the greatest quarterback ever to play the game of football, threw out the ceremonial first pitch to a three-time World Series champion who is also arguably the greatest MLB player ever at his position.  Both guys are responsible for changing the cultures of their respective franchises from losers to winners.

We don't necessarily realize it because it's happening now, but Tom Brady and David Ortiz are legendary professional athletes.  The two of them combining on a first pitch is just about as good as it gets.  The best Boston-centric analogy I can think of requires some time travel, and would involve Larry Bird or Bill Russell, fresh of a most-recent title, dropping the puck for Bobby Orr at a Bruins game--if Orr won another Stanley Cup or two first.

2.  Mookie Betts hit a home run and robbed Bryce Harper of another, but neither feat compares to him stealing two bases on one pitch.  My favorite play in baseball may be when a runner steals second, then takes third after forcing an errant throw into center field.  Betts managed to do it without the help of a bad throw.

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