We look forward to Shaq throwing in relief for the Sox this April

Shaq: Is there nothing he can't do?

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Something he can't do: conduct

The metronomic machine known as the Boston Pops managed to play in the correct tempo despite whatever was going on on the podium.

Near the end of the clip, you see Keith Lockhardt, off to the side of the stage, conducting the orchestra through a ritardando. That's the secret.

Nah...

I'm quite certain the Boston Pops could play Sleigh Ride with their eyes closed and one hand tied behind their backs.

I've played in many a less-skilled orchestra in which one of the annual fundraisers was an auction to "conduct" the orchestra for the holiday pops, and the piece was always Sleigh Ride, and the orchestra stayed together just fine. No conductor necessary.

Aw

Aren't you cute thinking you just decrypted the Voynich Manuscript with that cutting insight on whether Shaq was really leading the orchestra or not?

I'll say it again...

I'm really glad he's here. This town hasn't had a remotely interesting off-field/court/ice sports figure since Manny was shown the door. Just another reason to love this city.