Tonight’s the night the world begins again

Eck’s only keeping that seat warm until you come back, RemDawg.

Jon Lester, bringing new meaning to my nickname for him (“Crabcakes” in case you missed it!) courtesy of Rob Bradford:

“It’s one of those deals where I’m all for throwing in, but there comes a point somebody, whether it be baseball or the opponent, has to step in and say enough is enough,” said Sox hurler. “Balls have gone over guys heads and gone up too close. There’s a difference between throwing in and making a point and he definitely tries to make some points. I don’t know if he’s trying to him there or not, but he did and it looks bad because J-Bay did hit a home run off of him, along with the history with us and other players. He always come back and says the ball slipped, I wasn’t trying to hit anybody. One time you can fool us, two times you can maybe say OK, but it’s gotten old. In baseball it’s one of those deals where you can’t really think there’s a punishment necessary. It’s one of those deals where we might have to police it ourselves a little bit more, I don’t know.”

Lester could totally take Joba in a fistfight. And his “I’m a cancer survivor, did you know I was a cancer survivor because I’m not sure the media has adequately covered that aspect of my career” story is way better than Joba’s “I got nabbed for a DUI but you might not have read much about it because the only media outlets that seemed to care came out of NY” story. This needs to happen.

I don’t mean to be lighthearted about cancer. It has hit my family and many others I love much too hard and it was heartbreaking to have Jerry Remy and NESN confirm what so many of us have suspected for a while:

NESN announced Wednesday that Red Sox color commentator Jerry Remy is taking an indefinite leave of absence to fully recover from the effects of cancer surgery.

“I want to focus on completing my recovery so that I can return to work without distractions or interruptions,” said Remy, a former smoker who underwent surgery for lung cancer late last year.

Remy expected a more immediate return but suffered a setback due to an infection and subsequent case of pneumonia. He now hopes his experience serves as a cautionary tale about the adverse health effects of smoking.

“I hope that disclosing my bout with cancer will reinforce the dangers of smoking to every member of Red Sox Nation, especially children,” said Remy, the president of Red Sox Nation.

There’s really nothing to say except my prayers are with the Jerry and I’d like him back sooner rather than later. I have no doubt that he’s getting the best possible care but it still doesn’t take away from how frightening this all is. We’re all thinking good thoughts for you, RemDawg.

May 6, 2009 was, all in all, a large day of suck. And the Sox letting Carl Pavano dominate them wasn’t even close to being the worst thing to happen today. I’m eagerly awaiting this day to end so we can move on to Thursday, May 7, 2009 and have a much better day.

Even with the loss, the live blog was fun. Thanks to all who dropped by! I’m 3-1 with live blogs so I’m not giving up just because there was a loss tonight. Next Wednesday is a 10:05pm game in California. I have to think long and hard about whether I’ll be live blogging but I’ll let you all know.

Shake off the loss, folks. Pavano pitched well; give him his due. Sox have another game to get a split.

I have faith Wake will not disappoint.

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