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It is worth pointing out this morning that Jon Lester threw a no-hitter for the Boston Red Sox last night against the Kansas City Royals, as the Sox won 7-0. Not because it was, according to the Boston Globe, " he threw the first no-hitter of the 2008 season, the 18th in club history, and first by a Sox pitcher since rookie Clay Buchholz last Sept. 1, and the first by a Sox lefthander since Mel Parnell more than a half-century ago"

No, what is more impressive is that Lester is a cancer survivor, having been diagnosed about two years ago with non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

Again, from this morning's Globe story: "The Red Sox lefthander threw a no-hitter against the Kansas City Royals last night at Fenway Park, which in baseball is often cast as an immortal act but for a cancer survivor is something to be taken with a touch of modesty (and) a pinch of humor…"

KC's View:
The great Robert B. Parker once said that "baseball is the most important thing that doesn’t matter."

Sometimes, though, it does matter. Because it illustrates something larger.