Life is beautiful — and cruel.
If you were Daniel Bard Wednesday night, back home in Mississippi while your former teammates cavorted on the Fenway green as world champions, life was cruel.
Bard became a Red Sox starter last year to help fill the hole created when John Lackey went into medical exile for Tommy John surgery after his infamous role in the chicken and beer debacle of September 2011.
Bard flamed out, never recovered, was shipped to the Cubs. And while a bin full of his autographed baseballs collected dust in the Red Sox Team Store on Yawkey Way, Lackey was across the street completing one of the greatest redemption sagas in the history of Boston sports. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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