Mon Apr 05 03:54pm EDT
Evidently, while the rest of the world was watching the Sharks and the Avalanche, baseball season started in anonymity on Sunday night. So in a desperate attempt to overcome the juggernaut of popularity known as the National Hockey League, the Boston Red Sox decided to borrow one of hockey's greatest current treasures: The Herb Brooks Kid.
Five-year-old Josh Sacco, whose memorized recreation of Kurt Russell's speech as Herb Brooks in "Miracle" sparked an Internet sensation, spoke to a sold out Fenway Park in an effort to inspire the home team to victory over another Evil Empire, the New York Yankees (via NESN):
Sure, it seemed like the majority of fans had no idea what the hell they were listening to for most of the speech. But by the time he got to "Their time is done. It's over. I'm sick and tired of hearing about what a great baseball team the Yankees have. SCREW'EM!" ... well, the kid could probably defeat Deval Patrick in the gubernatorial election this fall.
The Sox won, 9-7. At this point, Josh Sacco should pull out of kindergarten and hit the inspirational speaking circuit, like Clooney in "Up In The Air" or Cruise in "Magnolia" (two films Josh should definitely check out in 12 years). The memorization skills on this kid are ridiculous; at his age, the only thing we could remember was which tub of paste we last ate from, if that.
Thanks to Puck Buddies Linda F. and Mike D. for the tips.