Out on the Monster scoreboard, all but the last slot below the "9" is filled. "God Bless America", "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and "Sweet Caroline" have been sung. Hot dogs, peanuts and Coke (all mind-blowingly overpriced) have been consumed. Families with young children are heading for the exits to beat the traffic. The Sox sit comfortably on a three-run lead courtesy of Papi (RBI) and Manny (yard) back in the fifth and sixth, respectively. Things are as they should be.
Save for one thing: a lanky figure, No. 30, is popping back out of the dugout. He's heading for the mound.