I originally posted this on Dec. 12, 2009, when we thought Mike Lowell had been traded to the Rangers. Here it is again, for real this time, updated with more photos and excerpts from this year.
What surprised me when I went back over this year's posts which mentioned Lowell was how many of them also mentioned frustration -- with the abortive trade to Texas, with his position on the team in limbo, with umpires. His final season may have been among his most challenging. You can't say he was quiet or stoic about it, but I felt the statements he did make about it were fair, and his frustration understandable.
I will miss his classy, smooth style and his wry humor. I miss the days of his impressive defense at third base already. I won't miss watching him play, when he does play, in obvious pain, with a limp he can't quite hide.
I may crush a lot on pitchers, but somehow it's the third basemen that always break my heart.