May 24, 2002


Impressive, but still in second (MUGGER, May 24, 2002, Jewish World Review)
The kids and I cringed while watching Roger Clemens pitch another gem on Sunday afternoon, shutting down the Twins 3-0 with 13 strikeouts, and while that was no fun at all my sons were tickled at receiving Derek Jeter replica bats. It was a friendly crowd: an amiable woman seated next to Junior engaged him and MUGGER III in
conversation about The Simpsons and SpongeBob, while I blabbed with two rabid Yanks fans in the row ahead of us.

One of the guys cracked me up when Jorge Posada came to the plate by yelling, "Georgie's got the juice!" When the clutch hitter whiffed, I leaned forward and said, "Yep, there's a glob of juice right now in the catcher's mitt." That didn't go over too well-not to mention the boys wearing their Red Sox hats and warmup jackets-but as the innings progressed and we chatted more about this season, the dump that's called Shea Stadium and Hall of Fame candidates, the glacier melted and we got along like Orrin Hatch and Teddy Kennedy.

Here's what it means to be a Red Sox fan : they look so good that, almost alone, we here in New England understand that a strike is inevitable. We know that we are just being taunted. The longer they stay in first, the more certain it is that there will be no World Series this year. To paraphrase Thomas Jefferson : I tremble for Sox Nation when I reflect that God is just: that his justice can not sleep forever... Posted by Orrin Judd at May 24, 2002 9:05 AM
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