ST. LOUIS — Another man might have crumpled it into a ball in the palm of his hand in a fit of rage, but not Jon Lester of the Boston Red Sox. After a giant paper airplane came to a soft landing near the pitcher's mound at Busch Stadium in the middle of a Yadier Molina at-bat Monday night, Lester handled the interruption like a gentleman. He calmly handed the plane to a St. Louis Cardinals batboy and resumed facing Molina, who lined out to second to end the seventh inning.
But can you imagine, for example, John Lackey encountering a paper airplane? He would have stomped it like Godzilla, then set fire to it, then tried to fly it back into the stands.
Given Molina's hard-hit ball, perhaps Lester was shaken a bit by the emergency landing. Not really, he said:
Jon Lester on the magic paper airplane: “It was very well-constructed." He said he did not consider throwing it back.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 29, 2013
It was the most surreal moment in an otherwise un-wacky Game 5, which the Red Sox lead won 3-1 to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven set.
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