April 11, 2005

WHEN YOU'VE WON THAT MANY YOU CAN AFFORD TO BE GENEROUS, HUH?:

Banner Day in Beantown (ESPN, 4/11/05)

It was 2:05 p.m. -- an hour before the scheduled first pitch -- when the words "World Series champion Boston Red Sox" were first spoken over the loudspeaker, drawing a huge cheer from the 33,702 in the crowd.

They cheered the arrival of the World Series trophy (though it's hard to believe anyone hadn't seen it yet, as it makes its victory tour to all 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts). They cheered for the soldiers and sailors who carried some of the rings onto the field.

They cheered -- sarcastically -- for Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who blew a save in the fourth game of the AL Championship Series when New York was on the verge of a sweep. The Red Sox won four straight games to advance to the Series and swept the St. Louis Cardinals for their first world championship since 1918.

They cheered for a Green Monster-sized World Series champion banner hung over the famous left field wall and the regular-sized one that will fly on the center field flagpole for this season. Former shortstop Johnny Pesky, who first joined the team 64 years ago and never saw it win a title, helped raise it to half-staff along with ex-Red Sox outfielder Carl Yastrzemski.

And they cheered for the Boston sports greats -- Bruin Bobby Orr, Celtic Bill Russell and Patriots Tedy Bruschi and Richard Seymour -- who tied together the city's championship history by throwing out ceremonial first pitches.

Bruschi, who is recovering from a stroke, threw his pitch to Francona, who returned to the dugout after missing four games with a viral infection that was feared to be a heart problem.


It was a very well thought-out ceremony and the Yankees were exceptionally classy today--observing the presentation, instead of sitting in the clubhouse, and Mariano taking the tremendous ovation quite good-naturdely.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 11, 2005 7:11 PM
Comments

For some reason, pro baseball and hockey players tend to be infinitely more classy than their basketball and football playing counterparts. Does spending 4 years on a college campus make one less of a civilized human being? Holy Counter-Intuitive, Batman!

Posted by: bart at April 12, 2005 12:01 PM
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