The Birthday BoyPosted: May 8, 2009
An amazing thing happened five years ago.
Yup, the Red Sox finally won the World Series ending the suffering of generations of Sox fans.
Yet, early in that magical year, on a day when Curt Schilling led the Sox to a 9-1 win over the Kansas City Royals, a future Sox prospect made his first appearance in the big leagues after spending nine months in the minors.
This new member of the franchise was named Aidan Michael O’.
Every now and then a player comes along that changes everything — that’s what Aidan did (and, well, still does).
Like most young players, he doesn’t listen to all the instructions given to him. He also hasn’t figured out yet that it’s a long season — so losing one day doesn’t preclude the team from going on a five-gaming winning streak.
What he has figured out, I think, is his clubhouse influence. He might not always be the best player on the field, but often times it is the little things that make a player succeed. And he is a master of the little things. He’s not a flashy player — just fundamentally solid. The one you can count on to lay the bunt down. The one that will take extra batting practice. The one that might not be as skilled as the others, but will work as hard as he can to succeed.
And today, and every day, that player makes those around him better. It’s just what he does. He probably doesn’t even realize it.
So, I hope you’ll join me today in sending birthday wishes to this future Hall of Famer.