Re: Why I love the Red Sox
posted at 8/24/2012 12:18 AM EDT
When I was a kid, I used to play strat-o-matic baseball with my brother, so I was baseball fan before football, b-ball, and hockey. I played for the Angels in little league in the 80's, so they were always my 2nd favorite team. My first baseball memory was my first game at Fenway when my dad took me to an Angels game. We sat grandstand, first base side. Yaz hit a homer halfway up the bleachers in right field. He instantly become my favorite player. A year later, I cried when he ran his lap around Fenway. I was 9.
A few years later, I was 12..and sitting in front of my TV with the biggest smile I've ever had while the Mets had two outs with no runners on base. Sox were 1 out away. No word of a lie, at that moment, my mother walked in and said, "They'll blow it'. You know the rest...once the game ended, I went upstairs to bed and cried.
Fast forward to 2004. Down 3-0, I was offered tickets to game 4 on Sunday night. C'mon...I knew the deal. We were done, and I had to work the next morning. It's over...I'm probably not even going to watch it. But, I did watch it. Not only did I watch it, but for superstitious reasons, I spent the last 3 hours of the game standing about 2 feet from the TV, hands on my knees, stressed and awaiting the inevitable. And then something changed. Dave Roberts. Bill Mueller. The pitching staff. 3-1. Papi. Let's not forget Millar's walk.
I then watched the next 3 games standing, in the same position...alone, because I wasn't taking any chances. One of the greatest things I have ever seen in sports...ever. And it was made so much more special because of the previous 20+ years.
Not sure which team I would call my favorite, but Pedro would be my favorite player of all time. Best pitcher (in his prime) that I've ever seen (Cleveland, Boston All Star Game, 1-hitter in NY, etc). Watching him pitch was like watching Tom Brady play QB. It's just witnessing greatness. The 100 year anniversary, earlier this year, just reinforced how much I love the Sox.
And by the way, my mother is no longer allowed to watch any sporting events in the same room as me or my brother.