Before the Friday night game with the A's, Doyle watched from the dugout as some of his more luminous teammates took batting practice. "People would ask me during the streak if I didn't wish the pressure would end," he said. "Actually, there was no pressure on me at all. I knew with my lifetime batting average it had to come to an end. Still, I felt good about it. I'm really having fun this season. I'm hitting second, ahead of guys like Yaz and Lynn and Rice and Fisk, who can really hit. That's where I belong."
No proper Boston fan would dispute that typically humble assessment.