Re: Red Sox Fan Questions
posted at 5/16/2013 7:02 PM EDT
Growing up in western Mass meant that you were either a Red Sox or Yankee fan. I was a die-hard Sox fan sleeping with my baseball glove on my pillow. These were the days when seeing a game on TV was a BIG deal, and the TV reception was more snow than picture. The same held true for the radio trying to listen to Curt Gowdy through all the static. It was exciting to get the paper and comb through the box score and read the articles etc....priceless memories.
My passion for baseball continued throughout my life, but a very big moment came on the way to school on morning. At the time, I was about 12. In the mailbox, was a letter addressed to me...personally to me, which in itself was a big deal. I opened it up and it was a letter from Ted Williams!! He told me that he had heard I was a great ballplayer and to keep up the work and someday I might play for the Red Sox. How he ever got my name and address to this day is still a mystery. Well, I continued playing ball and never made it to the pro's, but the old Colt-45's came knocking on my door...that's another story. So, I would say the letter was certainly an inspirational moment in my life.
My passion for the game hasn't changed, but what it has changd to saddens me. When I think of Ted Williams, Don Buddin, Yaz, Petrocelli etc., etc., I think of Red Sox. When I think of Mantle..Yankees, Ripkin..Orioles, Colavito...Indians...etc. It's not the same anymore. People will say it's better, but I disagree. Free agency has changed the game from love to money. There is so much player movement in today's game that I wonder who the fan supports...the logo? The same, I feel, can be said for the DH.....gone is the strategy....sigh, Oh well, a dinasaur I've become.
Anyway, my wife(a big fan by osmosis) and I watch every game possible, go to Fenway(she hadn't been until recently), travel to different parks, or watch TV.
So, in essence, my passion hasn't left, but it will sadly never be like it was.