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And yes, I got choked up thinking about Field of Dreams just now.
11 months ago on ‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right!
You nailed it. Growing up, baseball was one way I had of relating to my dad. He worked at Fenway for 8 years prior to the impossible dream team years to pay for his education, so the place holds its own space in his heart. He grew up with brothers and had all daughters, so we were able to bond with him watching the game with him. Even now, the first thing I say when I see him is something Sox-related. I spent three years living with them during difficult economic times, and my dad and I established a ritual every night when I came home from work: get out the Sam Adams, turn on NESN, watch the game. We bonded over hating Tim McCarver's commentary and laughing over Remy's booth antics. He could tell me everything about the team's past - I got to the point where I was involved in fantasy leagues and could tell him all about Sox prospects. My knowledge of the current game began to surpass his. He's the guy I always asked every question to, since he always had the answers. Now I'm honored when I see him and he asks, "who's this kid Bogarts they got now?" He's passed it down to me. I take him to games now instead of the reverse. What's sad is that when we go to the park, I can see he feels his time there has passed - he's not really into the fan experience anymore, would prefer to watch the games on NESN where he can see pitches up close, use his own bathroom, etc. - and he can't stand "sweet caroline", hates all of the between-inning distractions and the advertising and the hype and the drunkenness. He just wants to see the pitcher and the batter and nothing else. So with the new team, on the other hand, some of the magic of the old days of empty seats and 10-cent peanuts is just gone for him. I think going to a game at the park now just makes him feel old. I still am glad that the last time I took him this season to the game, making sure to get good seats that wouldn't obstruct his view of the mound, Johnny Gomes hit a walkoff home run to end the game, and I got to see some of that joy return.
@Gerry I'd love to see Hassan make it. His cousin is married to a childhood friend of mine.
11 months ago on The 2013 Red Sox are a force of nature
Koji! Koji! Koji! Koji!
11 months ago on World Series Game Six: All That You Can’t Leave Behind
@StacyB @New Lyndsay @GarrettCRW @HokieSox oh, whoops! seriously? Please Nap do not offer to introduce Xander to her friends.
@GarrettCRW @HokieSox because he's single. None of the Red Sox wives like the beards. Salty said his wife says his beard smells bad.
@alexis_b82 which gives me an idea - can we have the Napoli-His Beard Dialogues? That would be great.
the crowd should be chanting. LET HIM HIT. LET HIM HIT
@Jennie @New Lyndsay but but but...what if they DON'T? :-( I can't picture him in any other uniform.
@hannah82 @New Lyndsay and its so fitting that it's a walk. He'd better fucking steal a base now, for me Jacoby, FOR ME! We've had 6 glorious years together.
This might be Jacoby's last at-bat with us, I am SO SAD right now. it just hit me.
@VJ in Stuttgart they're about to cut the lead in half!...wait, now. no...NOW.
@alexis_b82 Hits for everybody! Stephen Drew you get a hit. and Johhny Gomes you get a hit...
@Papasurf The Cardinals have no Large Fathers present.
6 outs! 6 OUTS!
@alexis_b82 @New Lyndsay the team calls him Dirt? how'd he get that one?
You know Stephen Drew is the type of guy to correcft you, "um, my name is Stephen" if you try to call him Steve.
@English Sox Fan that reminds me of how SWEET it was to get Yankee fans' money on bets in 2004. The moment they had to fork it over...one of the best moments of the whole '04 Series experience.
when they showed Breslow warming up in the bullpen my roommates andf I screamed NOOOOO!!! simultaneously.
Ok get this gimp bitch out.
Lackey: "this bitch Holliday is MINE."
@VJ in Stuttgart No, he's earned the right to finish the inning, no matter what happens.
@alexis_b82 McCarver thinks all Dominicans look alike, and.or all Martinezes are related.
That was hilarious, awesome, and adorable. McCarver: "He will have MANY suitors this offseason, Joe...I COVET HIM."
@Sox in the Desert @New Lyndsay I missed that game and didn't realize he was the pitcher for it. Wow they were pretty much like "here is run support for ALL the games you pitch this year!" for this one.
I think this is the most number of runs John Lackey's ever had to work with in his time with the Red Sox.
That look that on Lackey's face after he struck out Freese: "BRAAAAAAINS!"
@alexis_b82 They are such sore losers all the time. I don't think Maddon sets a very good example with that.
They really can't squander another opportunity to plate a runner against this kid.
Punish them, Napoli, for walking Ortiz.
regarding the above post - I was too young to react that way in ;86, but after game 7 in '03 I distinctly remember crawling into bed and not speaking for about an hour.
come on Jacoby. RUN!
I'm still worried about who they go with for the 7th and 8th innings. Breslow isn't dependable right now. And if they lose, who starts Game 7? is it an all hands on deck type of scenario? Fuck. I'm already worried about the pitching. Remember, the Yankees thought they had the series in the bag in '04.
11 months ago on The 2013 Red Sox: On the Edge of Glory
I can't believe Lester's only at 83 pitches.
11 months, 1 week ago on World Series Game Five: Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Beards of War!
@Tex19 @alexis_b82 @StacyB he also breaks ribs- too risky.
@Jennie "Nobody's a better brewer than Greg Maddux."
@Splinter (aka COYS) @New Lyndsay @Flatsixes Can there be a more punchable face than A-Rod's though? I feel like he's on another level of punchabiity.
@Flatsixes This is debatable - I've always found Swisher to be highly punchable.
Holy shit, Ortiz is beating out grounders! He can run! Leave him in!
@SoxFaninMD But if you are showering and they score runs, you have to take a shower every time they come up to bat. those are the rules. Are you sure you want to commit yourself to that?
I think Jeremy's dead.
They should not have sent Ross.
I removed my Jacoby shirt - the one I bought the day he dislocated his shoulder, and I was wearing for his 2 strikeouts - so Im convinced he will hit now.
Stephen Drew wants to score a run. It's been so long since he' done that.
YEAH way to work a walk, Drew!!!! My roommate just said :its important for Stephen Drew to get on so he can practice running the bases again" lol
@alexis_b82Keith Foulke needs to get his ass on this forum and comment with us, I think he'd make a great addition
@alexis_b82 I have an inkling that Japan will produce a female flamethrower one of these days.
NINE strikeouts. fuck us.