Two straight opening game loud ovations for Dave Roberts. How can anyone be surprised, even if he spent all of three months as Red Sox player and, if you recall, didn’t have a single at-bat in the 2004 postseason.
Roberts theft was the ultimate catalytic moment of a historic team. Every bit as much as Varitek’s leather sandwich in A-Rod’s face, followed by Billy Mueller’s walkoff on that July 24 of 2004.
I’d say that Orlando Cabrera and Roberts, for guys who only played three months in a city, have amazing and ever-lasting popularity here. The third guy acquired on July 31, 2004 — is not quite so popular. I speak of Doug Mientkiewicz, who has the third most popular "He Stole the Ball" in Boston sports history behind John Havlicek (1965) and Larry Bird (1987).
But it was nice that the Boston fans could at least take enough of a high road to give Mientkiewicz an ovation after his concussion. Cabrera and Roberts definitely brought a certain air of sunshine to the clubhouse after those lifeless three months in ’04 before they got there. Mientkiewicz also played hard, and his most memorable contribution was taking that Carlos Delgado shove during his one night at second base.
As for the Bonds circus, the treatment of him here has honestly been a lot more reserved than I would have thought. It didn’t seem nearly as nasty as it was for Johnny Damon when he came back last year, or A-Rod in any game he plays here.
Dice-K and Cain have a beauty going right now. It couldn’t be nicer hear at Fenway.