As Red Sox pitcher Felix Doubront strolls to the mound this evening in a battle for first place with the Rays, let’s hope he’s had his lucky pregame meal. Boston needs this game.
Doubront has had himself quite a season so far. He’s 7-4 with a 3.74 ERA and has won 4 of his last 5 starts. The secret to his success? It’s not a change-up, a split finger or a gyro, it’s actually more of a roll really.
Last week, Doubront revealed to the Boston Herald that before every home game he pitches, he chows down on a lobster roll from Steamers in Newton, Massachusetts.
“I like it the day I pitch,” Doubront said.
Owner Dominic Vincenzino, a lifelong Sox fan, told the Herald the southpaw has been a regular for about three years. “I recognized him two years ago when he was in the minor leagues.”
Seems the lobster roll has become part of Doubront’s routine. Vincenzino, whose shop’s motto is “Come in and Get Hooked”, said in the Herald, “We don’t get too many stars around here.”
Doubront’s pregame lobster roll may be the reason he has pitched better at Fenway Park than on the road this season. If only there was a way to get the lobster roll to the pitcher for away games. John Henry, you have a private jet, do you deliver?