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Remembering Matthew Beaudoin, the courageous Red Sox fan

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I haven't been sure what to write about the apparent Red Sox-Yankees fight that turned deadly when a woman ran over a crowd in her car in New Hampshire over the weekend. It's obviously not the typical Stew material. There are no jokes to be made. No fun to be had. In the end, it would probably just spark the usual Boston-New York pettiness that's so trivial in the whole scheme of things.

Credit, then, goes to Dan Lamothe of Red Sox Monster, who figured out a way to use the power of blogs and their communities to create something positive, though however small, out of the whole tragic affair. Dan has started an online petition for the Red Sox to honor Matthew Beaudoin at Fenway Park this season. If you've been following the news, you know that Beaudoin was the 29-year-old Red Sox fan that died after a very troubled woman used her car as the worst kind of weapon at bar time.

While I believe that the woman being a Yankees fan had nothing to do with the end result — if it wasn't that issue that got her mad, it probably would have been another — Beaudoin's devotion to Boston and the Red Sox should be celebrated as a fitting tribute. Perhaps it could also help heal some of the ugliness we've seen between the two camps lately. It is, after all, just a game.

If you'd like to take the time and remember a man who was heroic until the end (his actions are have said to saved another woman in the crowd) and then had his organs donated, sign the petition here.

After the jump, read more of Dan's case why such a day for Beaudoin would be more than warranted.

From Red Sox Monster:

"While how much the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry played a role in Beaudoin's death remains in question, witnesses have said that another woman struck by the vehicle, Maria Hughes, 21, suffered only minor injuries in part because Beaudoin shielded her from Hernandez's vehicle, according to the Boston Globe.

Given Beaudoin's rooting for the Boston Red Sox and his apparent heroic actions before death, we ask that the Red Sox consider honoring Beaudoin's memory with — at the very least — a day in his honor. It seems like a fitting, honorable tribute, and one that would give Beoudoin's fellow Red Sox fans and baseball fans in general a chance to mourn one of their own."

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