Red Sox chairman Tom Werner predicted that the surprise individual throwing out today’s ceremonial first pitch would give everyone goosebumps, which I suppose rules out the likes of Roger Clemens or Eric Gagne.
Thirty-Seven Feet Up takes a few guesses as to whom it could be:
- Schilling’s bloody sock
- Dave Roberts
- Neil Diamond
Diamond would be the surprise, but goosebumps? Eh. Joe Andruzzi might make a fine candidate. Bill Buckner remains a hot rumor.
Jeff Goldberg of the Hartford Courant has a guess, and we hope he’s right: Jordan Leandre.
“Jordan is the courageous young Jimmy Fund patient who has had Fenway Park cheering for four years by singing the National Anthem 10 times,” Goldberg writes. “In 2007, Jordan took the good feelings to a whole new level. Just months after being free of braces on his legs, Jordan celebrated Jimmy Fund Radio Telethon day by running the bases at Fenway Aug. 18, between games of a day-night doubleheader against the Angels (Clay Buchholz's major league debut, incidentally). Who could possibly give goosebumps more than this young hero, whose dash around the bases was a signature moment of the 2007 season?”
Perfect. Of course, now if it isn’t Leandre, we’re probably going to be disappointed.
Give us your own guesses in the comments section.