Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Red Sox Icon-(oclast) Bill Lee Turns Seventy Today

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Your humble scribe actually played against 'Spaceman' Bill Lee in a game at 1992 Red Sox Fantasy Camp in Winter Haven, Florida. Luckily, I didn't have to hit against his famed 'blooper' pitch. I did get a chance to schmooze with him in the outfield during batting practice. Suffice it to say, it was an experience. Previously, I made a bet with a fellow camper that Lee was supporting then-and-present California Governor Jerry Brown for President. Sure enough, when I asked him in the outfield that day, he won the bet for me. He was, in fact, supporting 'Governor Moonbeam'. Of course! We tell you all this because the inimitable Lee turns seventy years-old today. It's almost too much to comprehend, since he will always be that 22-year rookie who first graced us with his duende way back in 1969. He won 94 games in Carmine Hose before being shipped off to The Great White North for the immortal Stan Papi. Happy birthday, Spaceman!