Now this looks like a job for me so everybody just follow me ’cause we need a little controversy ’cause it feels so empty, without me. -Eminem
Public Service Announcement: Look who’s back. Back again. Mike Lowell is back. Tell a friend. Tell a friend, last night, in the eighth inning, Mike Lowell hit a bomb for the winner winner chicken dinner as my beloved Boston Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 7-5. Hooray Red Sox! Hooray Mike Lowell! Tell a friend that last night Mike Lowell just put the American League on notice. What? You thought he was washed up? You thought all that trade talk got him down? Down on the ground? You thought I said are you all right, Spider? Think again. Mike Lowell said, “No more shines. Maybe you didn’t hear about it, you’ve been away a long time. They didn’t go up there and tell you. I don’t shine shoes anymore.” No he don’t.
He didn’t shine shoes back in ’07 either. Back in 2007 when the Boston Red Sox won their last World Series. Won their last World Series thanks in no small part to one Mr. Mike Lowell. Back in 2007, Lowell set career bests in hits. He set career bests in RBIs. Career bests in batting average, OPS, and played a key role in helping the Red Sox win their second World Series in four years.
In 2007, as the Red Sox held onto its lead in the American League Beast, Mikey carried Boston on his back. Boy, you’re gonna carry that weight. Carry that weight a long time. Carried that weight by hitting .350 during the second half. His season total of 120 RBI was not only a personal best, but a franchise record for a Red Sox third baseman. How about that? Haow about this: Lowell also finished with a .324 batting average, 21 home runs and 191 hits. Not too shabby for a guy who was an afterthought.
Mike Lowell was not done there. Oh, no. He had some more baseball to play. Post season baseball. Growed folks baseball. No jokes baseball. The steady third baseman no joked all October hitting .348 in the postseason with two homers and 13 RBIs. Yowza! He did it quietly, like he did most everything. But that doesn’t mean it went unnoticed.
Game four didn’t go unnoticed. In Game Four Lowell capped it all off. Capped it all off with a cherry on top. A cherry bomb on top. Capped it all off with a bomb, a double and two runs scored in the Game 4 clincher at Coors Field. I will forever remember his dirty uniform after his headfirst slide at the plate that typified his whatever-it-takes attitude. He hit .400 (6-for-15) in the Series with four RBIs, three walks and a team-high six runs. That’s not all he did. He also won the MVP of the World Series. MVP! MVP! MVP!
So now, with Kevin Youkilis out for the season, the Red Sox need more of the same out of Mike Lowell. If they want in to the post season, he has to show now what he showed then. Lowell: “ I want to stay out there. There’s not much time left.’’ You can say that again! It gets late awfully early around here. Here in the AL East. Where the men are men and the games matter. I know you’re sick of hearing it. Every yearing it. Everybody Paul Revering it. One if by land, and two if by sea; and I, on the opposite shore will be, ready to ride and spread the alarm. Spread the alarm that the time is now. Welcome to the party Mike Lowell. Roll Sox, roll!
Peace out homies. Six two and Even!