Just watched the last few innings of the game last night. Two thoughts:
1. Mo was nasty. Yikes. How is he actually getting better? The cutter he threw to Varitek was ridiculous. Meanwhile Manny must have been sleeping somewhere when they asked him to pinch hit. He had no interest in swinging the bat.
2. When Brett Gardner got the hit, one of the first guys on the field to congratulate him was Johnny Damon and he had a huge smile. Johnny had been put on the DL prior to the game for the first time in his career and he was crushed. “I have no idea what to do,” he said. “I’ve never come to the park knowing I couldn’t play.” But he was in uniform, on the bench and sprinted out of the dugout to congratulate a kid he barely knows for winning the game.
A lot of injured guys either don’t come to games or get their treatment and leave. You don’t have to be in the dugout. But Johnny put aside his own disappointment for the sake of the team.