Re: Question: Why is it necessary to put another player or players down when supporting one?
posted at 8/15/2011 3:49 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Question: Why is it necessary to put another player or players down when supporting one?
Yaz, you said it better than I ever could. I have been railing against the negativity on this forum for years and sometimes I have to take a break. It seems those who are negative have more energy. Baseball, by nature, will end in failure. You have to get used to that and embrace it. The stats have to be broken down and new ones created to tell who is good and who is not...and it is a razor thin line. Many fans think the Sox should be a dynasty. But what does that mean? They will lose 60+ games a year and MAYBE win 2 titles in 6 years. I'd sign for that right now! But that would be a whole lot of negativity even under that scenario. The Sox IS (correct grammar) woven into the fabric of my life and so it is more than winning and losing for me.
In 1975, I fell in love with Rice, Lynn, and Evans. I played outfield like Lynn, had a cannon like Dewey, and hit the wiffle ball like Jim Ed. In 1976 I saw my first game at Fenway and sat right behind the Sox dugout. In 1977, I went to Ted Williams Camp as opposed to closer camps to my NJ home. In 1980, I had to ace the biology exam to avoid being grounded. I did and was able to go with all my friends to see Rick Dempsey slide around on the tarp. 1986 had me comforting my mom who really thought she would die before a title. In 2003 I had to comfort my mom and my wife. Now, the experiences my mom worked hard to give me, I'm passing onto my to my sons. So, Yaz, the only negativity I experience is on this forum. My sons know there is always a game tomorrow and that Pedey plays the game the right way. I love being able to pinpoint benchmarks in my life relative to a Sox memory. This thing is so much more than wins and loses for me and mine.
Posted by jimdavis
I can't beat Spaceman's response. Not that I'm trying.
A tribute to both your post and his. :o)
The trio you mentioined, when I read it, brought back a rush of memories....what a great, refreshing time that was! Crown jewels in the outfield and at the plate! I never played like any pro ... :o) Never had any of the qualities, so I can only envy them and you from afar in time and ability. Not bad envy, but enjoyable. I had four friends/schoolmates signed to free agent contracts by the Sox ... and they were GOOD players, but never got anywhere that I can recall. I do remember the scouta walking on to the field after the last home game and takling to them ... 1971 that was.
I was devastated when they traded Freddy. I tought he and Rice would walk into the HOF side by side as Sox.
I am smiling now as I type, because that was such a lifetime ago. Wow. My career was about to start and 31 years later it is finished. I am just pitching mop up now .... :o) But ya gotta keep on pitching.
Speaking of which, I have been a bit absent. And hope to be. Good reason though. Production is up at the shop over 20% so I have to spend more time there. I am hoping with the fall it jumps some more, but we'll have to wait and see. I have opened a new line of offerings to local schools and booster clubs ... so that might get gpoing in the next few weeks.