When I was growing up I found Jim Abbott to be an inspiration. I remember one confrontation with Wade Boggs where he switched his glove fast enough to snare a line drive. Boggs was dumbfounded like he'd just been pushed out of his jeep.
John Lester pitched to Major League hitters for the first time since learning he'd come down with cancer. I can't claim to compare the two feats, but this one made me smile today. It helps the Red Sox that he did well.