Boston Red Sox defeat Los Angeles Angels, 7-6

It was Monday afternoon, about an hour before game time, and Dustin Pedroia entered the dugout.

There sat a young kid, maybe 11 years old, a taped-up jersey covering his back. He had converted an "18" to a "15," a "Damon" to a "Pedroia," and wanted to make sure Pedroia knew he had always been a fan - in the lean days as well as the fruitful ones.

Pedroia might have (or might not have) believed him. But it hardly matters anymore. With the scintillating Jacoby Ellsbury as...