October 30, 2004

PRETTY GOOD LINE FOR THE LOCAL RAG:

We Win: Sox Fans Bid Curse Adieu (Dan Mackie, 10/30/04, Valley News)

This year, the Red Sox made history and broke history. They shook off the four horsemen of our collective apocalypse -- misfortune, ineptitude, cowardice and Grady Little. They rose from the dead against the New York tyrants.

So this one's for all the boyhood dreams, for kids who threw rubber balls against front steps and thought they'd play in Fenway Park someday.

This one is for old ladies and young girls, old men and young boys, for drivers who listened to games on scratchy car radios. This one's for the people in New Hampshire and Vermont who listened on far-off stations because the local ones went to bed early.

This one's for people who had to stand and leave the TV room, their hearts running fast as lawn mowers, for people who opened the morning papers and started their days with a sip of disappointment.

This is for the fans we lost along the way, for family and friends we long to watch one more game with, spend one more hour with, to say, before the important and painful things, “How 'bout those Red Sox?”

You want to know what this means for Sox fans? It's everything, the only thing, the transformation of dread into dreams.

And me? I watched the playoff games with all the serenity of a squirrel staring down a lumber truck.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 30, 2004 7:07 PM
Comments

For much of the playoffs I watched when we were pitching. Dale Sveum seems to use a random number system of some kind to decide to send or hold runners, he certainly doesn't make a decision based upon who is running, who is throwing the ball in from the outfield, or what is going on in the game. It just got to me.

Once we beat the Yankees in Fenway though, I started to get my confidence back and could sit through whole games.

Posted by: Bart at October 31, 2004 6:35 AM

I am sure there have been sportswriters waiting to use that line for at least 30 years, maybe even since 1960.

Posted by: jim hamlen at October 31, 2004 12:35 PM

Bart:

Indeed. A caller to WEEI in Boston suggested that the team doctors, when done with Schilling's ankle, sew Sveum's hand to his hip...

Posted by: mike earl at October 31, 2004 10:54 PM
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