I was there last night for Jon Lester’s no-hitter. It was our annual company trip to Fenway. I was sitting way back in right field with about fifteen of my coworkers, and we spent the first five innings drinking beer and trading office gossip. Then we realized what was happening in front of us.

Until about then, the crowd had been heavily invested in Manny Ramirez’s pursuit of his 500th home run. But as Jon Lester retired one Royal after another, the atmosphere in the old ballpark became increasingly giddy and electric, with moments of expectant silence broken by cheers after every strike, groans after every ball, and gasps after every grounder. The sunset blazed pink and orange over the left field wall.

I woke up this morning and it seemed like a dream. Last night I had this crazy dream, and I was at Fenway Park in May but it was really really cold, and for some reason, all my coworkers were there, and then Jon Lester threw a no-no!

I’ve seen a lot of great moments at Fenway over the past 26 years, but when Lester recorded the final out, the cry of jubilation that erupted in the Fens sounded unlike any other cheer I have ever heard there. It wasn’t the lusty roar I’ve heard at playoff games, and it wasn’t anything like the triumphant crowing you hear at Yankee games. It was the sound of 37,000 people surrendering themselves to euphoria, falling into 100% pure, unadulterated, grade-A baseball love. In fact, I may have given in to the euphoria of the moment a little too much, if possible. No need to go into too much detail, but if you were in Kenmore Square last night and saw a blond woman, about 5’6″, leaning into the brick facade of Fenway Park and apparently attempting to hug the venerable edifice, let’s just say you weren’t hallucinating.

The night was better suited for October than May. There was a wind whipping through Boston that put whitecaps on the Charles. Dust blew into my eyes on the way to the park. It was the kind of night you expected fly balls to become home runs and pop-ups to become singles. That Jon Lester threw a no-hitter is amazing enough. That he did it in such a gale? Unbelievable. Except that I was there and I saw it with my own eyes.

I walked back across the river, the moon and the Citgo sign shining brightly on the water. I could still see the white glow of Fenway’s light towers. The night didn’t feel so cold anymore—the wind had died down. I fell into talking with a couple of guys who were also making the trek back to the Cambridge side of the Charles. I’ve high-fived with strangers in Kenmore after a great game, but I’ve never had thirty-minute conversations with them. But maybe this is just normal, post-no-hitter behavior—who knows? They told me a great story. They were sitting next to an elderly woman. Last year, she gave her tickets to Clay Buchholz’s no-no last year to her daughter and granddaughter. There may be no crying in baseball, but I do believe there is karma.

32 Responses to “I was there for Jon Lester’s no-hitter”

  1. Sarah Green says:

    Kirk, are you the devil?? Because how else would you know about my Jason Statham obsession?

    No offense to Statham, but I don’t think he’s right for the role of Varitek. Now Gabe Kapler, that he could pull off.

  2. Sarah Green says:

    Oh, and roger that on Beowulf-dude playing Timlin and Owen Wilson making a cameo as Millar (they could squeeze it in, somehow).

    I’m still not satisfied with our ‘Tek possibilities. More thought will be required.

  3. Pedroia: Sean Astin. In hobbit gear. No contest.

    Clooney is important, so I’m glad we’ve got him.

    Having trouble with Tek. Need someone who’s hairy and willing to get dirty and has great personal integrity to boot.

  4. Sarah Green says:

    Yes, and someone who has a sort of cuddly, grizzly bear side, too. Someone who can bring the appropriate depth and versatility to the role.

    Oh my God. I’VE GOT IT.

    Wait for it…..wait…..here it is:

    Russell Crowe.


  5. John C. Reilly

  6. Yes: Russell Crowe. PERFECT. Wow, I think he actually is more like Varitek than Tek is himself. Creepy.

    John C. Reilly? Really? What?

  7. I like to think of Jesus like with giant eagle\’s wings, and singin\’ lead vocals for Lynyrd Skynyrd with like an angel band and I\’m in the front row and I\’m hammered drunk!

  8. Sorry…getting off topic there.

    Yeah Mr. Crowe would work.

  9. melissa says:

    Ben Kingsley is Terry Francona.
    Michael Clarke Duncan as Papi.
    Tobey Maguire as Lester.
    Emile Hirsch as Ellsbury.
    I like Michael Madsen as Varitek.

  10. Coley Ward says:

    Lyndsay, when you say you think Casey Affleck could “pull off” the Theo Epstein role, you mean he’d be willing to get a haircut?

  11. Lyndsay says:

    oooo Ben Kingsley = good call!

    Emile Hirsch? sorry, not Navajo enough. I think Jay Hernandez is a good “can play any ethnicity” actor, like Lou Diamond Phillips – they’ve got all your Latino/Native American bases covered.

    I’m sorry to say but…we might have to go with bearded Ben Affleck for the Varitek role (I’ll duck as you all throw tomatoes at me).

    can Sean Astin capable of cursing like Pedroia? I don’t know about that one.

    its too bad this movie couldnt have more Giambi…that role was WRITTEN for Robert Iler.

    oh and since you mentioned Piazza’s retirement…he can only be played by Peter Dinklage. he also has a Placido Polanco midget head on little body thing going on.

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  12. Hey Sarah — I’m in NYC and I’m a huge Mets fan… found your site through someone’s link and I have to tell you I love your telling of it! My son and I were watching on TV, and I was crying when it happened… because I was so happy for him and for all you Red Sox fans, but also probably a little bit because it will never, ever happen at Shea ;-)

    Seriously, though, please know that you do have supporters here in New York — we’re not all asshole Yankee fans — and WE were happy for you guys!

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