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Happy Days


The lead sports item this afternoon is the news that Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz “were among the roughly 100 Major League Baseball players to test positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003.” It’s a continuing mystery to me why names keep leaking from the now-famous list. The results were supposed to be anonymous, and anyway, steroid use was not yet banned.

But I’m not here to write about steroids and the game. Rather, I just want to enjoy the photo above, which dominates the SI homepage for now. It was so great to be a Red Sox fan in the Ramirez-Ortiz glory years. And not just because of the magical World Series championships of 2004 and 2007 (after the haunting 2003 defeat to the Yankees — we flew from NY to Boston on the day of that fateful game and watched it on TV in Cambridge, bracing ourselves for the all-night celebration in Harvard Square that never was). Manny and Big Papi were so much fun, such enormous creators of joy. And Pedro too. What a team!

While we’re giving credit for Red Sox joy creation, let’s be sure to thank our own Mariners for trading Jason Varitek and Derek Lowe to the Sox in 1997 in return for Heathcliff Slocumb. The Mariners had so much talent that year. Very disappointing season, plus losing key players for the future.

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