Extra Bases

Lowell’s moment made an impression

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(Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis)

If Fight Night was the undercard of Tuesday night’s Red Sox game, Mike Lowell’s return from the DL was the main event.

Forgive the interlude, but this Celtics blogger couldn’t help but my share his favorite sports moment of the year.

From my view in the left field grandstand, Lowell was two strides out of the batter’s box as he connected with the first pitch he saw from Indians starter David Huff. There was genuine joy at the park as Lowell bounded around the bases. I covered the Celtics all season, but this was the kind of moment only baseball seems to bring.

The fans at Fenway knew the score on Lowell. They knew about the 80 at bats Lowell had all season before Tuesday. About Lowell sucking it up despite being reduced to a non-role.

They gave Lowell a worthy ovation, and you could see in Lowell’s body language that the support meant something to him. He seemed to bounce in the batter’s box. If he had swung and missed Huff’s pitch, he would have looked foolish running down the first base line, but his energy would have carried him there anyways.

I also loved Terry Francona standing up for his team during the melee in the 8th inning. Lots of similarities between Francona and Doc Rivers in terms of how each relates to his team.

Forgive the interlude, Pete, but you get to go to Fenway all the time. A little jealous. (By the way you can check out some photos from Lowell’s blast the and 8th-inning scuffle here).

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