Thursday, July 19, 2012

I ❤ the Red Sox

I ❤ the Red Sox.  If you don’t, or if you like the Yankees (ouch), we’re gonna have to just agree to disagree.  You’re wrong, but I won’t hold it against you.  I’m a fan of all Boston sports, but especially the Red Sox.  I get this from my Grandfather who loved them too, had Season Box Seats.  My brother-in-law, takes my kids when we’re home so they’ve enjoyed games with their cousins, too.  He once treated us to a luxury box including a visit from the Big Green Monster mascot, the opportunity to try on a World Series ring and a Red Sox welcome to the kids by name on the Jumbo-Tron!
Red Sox fandom is not for the faint-of-heart.  Frequently they start out great, then spend some time making sure you’re not feeling too secure, then suck you back into feeling confident right up to the end:  which could go either way in any given year.  Win or lose, it really doesn’t matter, I’ll be right back next year screaming “WoooooHooooo” at the TV in my living room (to my kids’ embarrassment and dismay, an added bonus).
Players have to learn the game.  It takes years.  They take steps up the ladder in their sport and if they’re exceptionally good (with, I’d imagine, some part luck), they may get a chance to play professionally.
Fans have a learning curve as well.  If you want to enjoy the game you have to learn the rules, learn about the players, the stats.  If you want the true experience, go to a game, there’s nothing like it.

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The cousins watching a game from the Luxury Box

But here’s the hardest thing of all.  You cannot impact that game.  They are on the field and you are in the stands.  You can scream and yell and “WoooooHooooo” all you want.  Every step forward or step back that your team takes in the standings has nothing to do with how loud you yell or how badly you want them to win.  They are on the field doing their job.  You are in the stands eating peanuts.
Sometimes it just has to be OK to be the spectator.  To trust that the team has been coached well, to hope that the players are healthy and that they have a good day.  But you know that even if they don’t you’ll be back for another game, as soon and as often as you can.  Because you are a fan.
When my kids are out driving, in friends’ cars, at the lake, the mall, bonfires, I’m here being their fan.  I have to trust that they have been coached well, are healthy, and will have a good day.  And when it comes right down to it, during those (more and more frequent) times that I’m not with them, I’d rather they see me as their fan than as their Big Green Monster.

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My Big Green Monster, on the back deck

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P.S.  Thank you ❤Juls ❤ for teaching me emoticons, especially the ❤.

My Big Green Monster

2 ounces Midori melon liquer
1 ounce Amaretto liquer
2 ounces orange juice
2 ounces pineapple juice
*Mix all ingredients and refrigerate till cold.  Serve over ice.


  1. I remember going must I say...years and years ago with you and my dad in his seats to a double header, when, at the time, the second game started pretty much right after the first game.

    1. Such fun memories, so glad to have them. I smile every time Justin wears his Red Sox shirt. It feels like a connection from 2 generations before me all the way down to the generation after me.

    2. I loved going to Fenway. It is such an initimate park. One of the vendors at Zayre once gave me tickets right behind home plate. I was so close I felt in the way of the game. When I'm not rooting for the Giants, I root for the Red Sox.

    3. All those positive Red Sox and Fenway comments have bought you a pardon for rooting for the Giants ahead of the Red Sox!

  2. I'm not quite aware of Red Sox team. Is it a baseball game? Anyway, basketball is more popular here in the Philippines but I've learned how to play baseball when I was younger.

    Big Green Monster, another new drink to me. Love the recipe though. Looks delicious!!

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  4. Red Sox Nation <3 I've also learned you can't change the outcome of anything by helpfully yelling out things like "GO! GO!" or "NO,DON'T DO THAT!" Not even "DON'T SWING AT THAT!" or "REALLY?!?!"
    Huh. Go figure.
    P.S. I must try this drink. It is now on my summer bucket list.


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