CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Steve Addazio wanted to make one thing abundantly clear up front:
“I don’t know anything about baseball,” he said after BC’s 34-27 win over Virginia Tech on Saturday afternoon. “I’ve watched more baseball since I’ve been here than [I have] my whole life.”
But on the same day the Sox took a triumphant tour through town, riding duck boats down Boylston Street six months after the bombings marred the finish of the Boston Marathon, the first-year Eagles coach said he’s happy to be watching more hardball.
“I really enjoyed watching the Red Sox,” he said. “Not because I know anything about baseball, because I don’t. But because I watched a team that a year ago, was completely transformed in 12 months.”
Though he may not know a ground-rule double from a double switch, Addazio said he likes to watch people and got great pleasure out of watching the Sox interact this season.
“It looked to me like this team brought the best out of each other, the Red Sox,” he said. “They found a chemistry -- they were all for one, one for all. There wasn’t selfishness. They were hooked on doing something great for our city. And they brought the best out of each other.”
The BC boss compared it to a marriage, saying that good spouses make each other better people.
“I talked to our team about we gotta bring the best out in each other,” he said. “And that’s so important. In the big picture, that’s what it’s all about. And that’s what we drew from what the Red Sox were able to accomplish.
“They probably got great players -- I mean, I wouldn’t really know. But there was a love and a bond, and that’s why I think people gravitated to that so much. Because there’s something more to it. And that’s what I want his program to be, because that’s what this university is. So we’re working on that every day. And, yes, that was an inspiration.”
Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.