It’s Opening Day!!!

Fenway Park

Fenway Park

Opening Day for the Red Sox in Fenway Park!  What a great day it is.  Wish I was in Boston to be there and experience it.  I’ve been to Boston several times, the last one being almost a year ago today for the Boston Marathon.  We went to a Red Sox – Yankees game while there.  If you ever go to Boston, you must experience a game at Fenway.   Not only Fenway, but all the atmosphere outside Fenway, including The Bleacher Bar and Cask-N-Flagon.  There are so many places to visit, I have to go back to see those again and all the others I missed.

The Red Sox opened the first week of play with a 4-2 record, taking both series they played.   The last one being a weekend series in the Bronx to play the hated Spankees.  The Red Sox took the first 2, the first one being a 19 inning thriller on Friday night.  The Spankees got the best of the Sox on Sunday night, but that just gives more fuel for the next series they play.  And today is the long awaited Home Opener for the Red Sox!  The journey for October and another World Series is on.  Go SOX!

Are you EXCITED for Opening Day?  What do you look forward to every year?  Do you have a favorite place to visit?  

 

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And…It’s Over!

As quick as it came in (6 months ago), the regular season for baseball is over, and the playoffs have started. My dear RED SOX decided to tank it this year, and call it rebuilding, restructuring, injuries, thinning the old folks out, whatever.  They went from 1st (2013 World Series Champions) to last place this year (As you can see I used World Series Champions, in lieu of World Champions, as the MLB only plays in the USA and Canada.  Yes, they have players from all over the world, but I bet there are some European and Asian teams that could beat many of the USA MLB teams).  The Houston Astros, who have been known to be extremely horrible since about forever, had a record just one victory less than the RED SOX.  That’s a tough season.  I’m okay with it, as the SOX did win the World Series last year, and have won three since 2004.  So, I can handle a bad season here and there.  And as the organization is saying, they are primed for youth in the organization and will have a stronger, and more victorious, team next year.  photo (4)

So, I’m pretty much done watching baseball for this year. I will keep in touch with who’s winning the playoff games, and who will be in the World Series.  I’ll probably watch a little here and there just to be able to keep up with the watercooler conversations at work.  But as for watching every pitch, as I tend to do when my RED SOX are playing, that will not happen.   Too much other stuff going on to do that, unless my RED SOX were playing.

So good luck to those teams that remain, and good luck to the fans who have teams still playing into October.   I wish you well on your late nights yelling at the tv, and all the stress that comes with it.  I will be laying in bed most nights sleeping, thinking of March 2015, when Spring Training begins and I can again begin to hope the RED SOX will win the World Series.

And if I could figure out how to move the kids’ spring break from April to March so I could visit sunny Florida for some opening action.  Any suggestions let me know.

Boy Do My Sox Stink!

14-1. 1 run. That’s all the Red Sox could score against the Blue Jays last night. It’s been a tough year to be a Red Sox fan. Last place, 11 games out of first place in the AL East. Not a good place. And being World Series champions last year, makes it a little rougher.  But hey, being a Red Sox fan has it’s ups and downs.  And I would consider myself a die hard Red Sox fan.  I’ve watched the many disappointments over the years (and I won’t list them here as I don’t want to get backlash from Red Sox Nation for rehashing the pain), and I’ve lost many hours of sleep watching Red Sox victories.

I took my family to Boston this past April. Okay, actually my wife was the reason, as she ran in the Boston Marathon.  I drove us, so that means I took my family to Boston.  We did what true Boston fans do….Red Sox – Yankees game at Fenway Park, dog and a beer at Fenway, beers at the Bleacher Bar, beers at Cask ‘n Flagon, beers at McGreevy’s (home of the Dropkick Murphys), blared ‘Tessie’ and ‘Shipping Up to Boston’  songs as loud as possible, bought souvenir baseballs for my boys, bought as many Red Sox hats and shirts and sweatshirts we could find, and just had a great time.  I love Boston, I think it’s a great city.  One of my favorites.

Greatest Stadium on Earth

But I know what it’s like to be a true Red Sox fan, not a bandwagon fan. Not a fan that is only supportive in the winning years. I have spent my time in sorrow watching some of the most painful losses, dumbest trades, epic failures of seasons.  But I keep coming back.   One of my favorite movies is Fever Pitch.  Great movie about Boston and the Red Sox.  They express all the agony Boston fans have been through over the years.  But we keep coming back.  No matter what, we watch and love the Red Sox.  So can be said of me and Clemson sports.  No matter what, I watch, in good and bad.

So, as the summer draws on, and the losses seem to be coming more often than the wins, and I still hope for the Sox to come out with a 20 game win streak and take over 1st place in the AL East, I will continue to watch.   No matter the end result.  I love my Sox.