It was one line in small print in the “Transactions” column.
SAN FRANCISCO — Waived OF Dave Roberts.
Dave Roberts. The man whose stolen base turned Boston’s fortunes around in the 2004 playoff series against the Yankees. Check the stats. He appeared in 3 playoff games for the Sox. Zero at-bats. One stolen base. His career may be over, but that one stolen base ensured he will be a folk hero forever to Red Sox fans.
Roberts’ release reminded me of the finest column I read at the end of that wonderful October. Millions of words were written, but I thought Leigh Montville’s (of the New Haven Montvilles and UConn) words were downright spiritual.