Who's done more for the city of Boston? Mayor Menino... or this guy?

Every once in a while, real life comes knocking, getting in the way of my Heidi and Pedroia obsessing. This is one of those times: 2004 hero Dave Roberts, AKA He Who Should Never Have to Pay for a Beer in Boston, is battling lymphoma.

According to the AP, “Roberts was diagnosed in mid-March and he says the cancer was detected early. He says the prognosis is ‘good.’ He has undergone two rounds of chemotherapy so far.”

NESN.com spoke to Roberts:

“I expect to beat this fully,” Roberts said during a conference call Monday.

The 37-year-old Roberts, who is working for the San Diego Padres as a special assistant, said he wanted to keep his illness private but knew that his appearance would be changing as he underwent chemotherapy.

“Going forward I definitely hope that I can keep this private with my family,” he said.

Needless to say, everyone here at SG and across Red Sox Nation wishes Roberts the best. God knows he saved me from death by liver implosion. I owe him all the good wishes and positive vibes I can conjure.