It's beyond good to see Iron Mike Lowell back in a meaningful manner. (SawxBlog Illustration)
From Big Papi's April struggles - to the DL Plague that has been sweeping across the clubhouse, giving birth to the Zombie Red Sox, who chomped out victories night after night with the most unlikely of heroes - to where we currently stand, firmly entrenched in rejuvenation mode - and no other player on the team spells out rejuvenation as crisp and clean as Iron Mike Lowell does. This is most certainly Mike's swan song, and it looks like he's going to go down swinging. Lowell has been a consummate professional his entire career, and in a weird way (or should I say strange), it may end up being a blessing that he was used so little for the first 2/3 of the year.
I'll preface this all by saying that it's in no way shape or form good that Youk went down for the remainder of the season. However, with Mike playing so little earlier this year, he may very well be able to get through September - and hopefully October, without limping between bases, which is what he's done as the leaves changed these past few years. It was sad to see him in such decrepit shape, but much like leaves eventually have to fall off of their branch, ballplayers eventually have to hang up their spikes. Mike knows this is his last hurrah, and if he has to fall of the branch, he's going to make the arc majestic, and as far as the Red Sox playoff chances are concerned, that's a thing of beauty the New England foliage could never rival. Ladies and Gentleman, welcome to the playoff race - it's already been a fun ride, and it's about to get better.