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Why They Play the Game

7:54 AM, May 20, 2008 • By DEAN BARNETT
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Last night, 24 year-old Red Sox lefty Jon Lester pitched a no-hitter at Fenway Park. Lester is a remarkable story - 20 months ago, he was diagnosed with cancer. Seven months ago, he won the clinching Game 4 of the World Series. And last night, Jon Lester pitched the game of his life, giving Red Sox fans and perhaps himself a tantalizing glimpse at his potential.

I take some delight in the irony that before Lester began chasing his no-hitter, last night's game may have been the least attractive date on this year's Red Sox' home schedule. It was a Monday night. The Sox were playing the lowly Royals. It was in mid-May when the weather usually stinks, and last night the weather held true to form.

If you're a Red Sox season ticket holder, you probably earmarked last night's tickets for your brother-in-law back in February. If you're in one of those groups where ten people share a season ticket package, chances are last night's game was the last one chosen at you annual "draft."

And that's what makes sports so compelling. You just never know when something amazing is going to happen.