So I’m watching game seven of the ALCS and there’s Kevin Millar throwing out the first pitch. There he is again introducing the Red Sox starting lineup on TV.
Did anybody else think that was kind of weird?
I’ll tell you who wasn’t too thrilled to see Millar back in Beantown — the city of Baltimore.
Millar is currently employed by the Baltimore Orioles. And, according to the Baltimore Sun, quite a few of the team’s remaining fans were pissed to see one of their players show up in support of a league rival.
Can you blame them?
Let’s look at this from another angle. Do you think there’s any chance the Red Sox extended a similar invitation to Johnny Damon, another former “idiot” who left the Red Sox after their 2004 World Series to play for another AL East rival? Hell no.
I’ll concede that leaving Boston for New York is just a little more traitorous than leaving for any other destination. But let’s not kid ourselves. Damon left the Sox to chase more money, and Millar did the same. It just so happened that the only team offering Damon more money than Boston was the Yankees.
If you’re an Orioles fan, seeing Millar introducing the Red Sox lineup on TV was a slap in the face. It told you that nobody takes your team seriously. Not the Red Sox. Not Millar. Nobody.
I’m curious, how did you Red Sox fans feel seeing Millar throw out the first pitch?
It seems the consensus on NESN is that it was at least a little inapropriate for Millar to throw out the first pitch, but that only Millar could get away with it. Jerry Remy says he heard that the Sox invited Pedro to throw out a first pitch before one of the other playoff games, but that the Mets had denied him permission!
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