David Ortiz and Kevin Garnett have been friends since their lonely and losing days in Minnesota, Ortiz with the Twins and Garnett with the Timberwolves.
Each found redemption in the escape to Boston.
Ortiz told Garnett that Boston may not be the Garden of Eden, but it did have the TD Garden with its fans. First thing Garnett did upon reaching Boston was to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Fenway, thus insuring his success with the local fans.
The baked beans in Boston have not always been tasty for both men. They ran into a sticky patch, where the ball bounced out of their way. However, the 2012 season seems to have served up a dish of scrumptious and seasoned beans the way fans like them.
And, the players are enjoying the repast too. The Big Ticket and Big Papi found the Fountain of Youth in the Hub.
After one season in which the calls for his head and for his career came fast and furious, David Ortiz looked like a man who couldn't hit his way out of a wet paperbag for nearly a year.
And Kevin Garnett hobbled around like Chester out of an old Gunsmoke episode.
Then something magical happened. They became rejuvenated.
Garnett's run brought his dilapidated team from doldrums of mid season to the brink of the NBA Finals. Now Big Papi Ortiz is the only big All-Star vote-getter on the Red Sox. He has slimmed down and positively sprints around the bases.
Both men are considered oldsters of the sport. Garnett is 36 and so is Big Papi.
They were fitted for a Conquistador suit like Ponce de Leon. Their only hope was to find some special mango fruit that gave them years back on their game.
Like an episode of the old paranormal show Night Gallery, the two athletes have told the Grim Reaper to go elsewhere. Their playing days are not done yet.
Both men will stick around for a while, and avoid the sticky patch too.