Somehow I actually feel guilty for living in Red Sox Nation and not blogging about...well, you know.
So here goes. My history with baseball: I played t-ball and softball as a kid and enjoyed it a lot. I went to one Tigers game growing up and I mostly remember my obstructed view. As an adult, I really have no attention span for professional sports, particularly for watching them on TV. The further I get from actually playing baseball, the less interesting it is to me. Here's proof...
Matt's been watching the games every night. He's a Tigers fan, but we chose to move to Boston three years ago which proved to be a very pivotal time in baseball history. He watches the games (even in the regular season). So while he's been watching the games the last few weeks, I've been reading or working on papers. Sunday night, as it goes every Sunday night lately, I'm up reading/writing/reading/writing. Sometime around midnight, I look up and see all the players pouring onto the field. I saw, "Wow, they're really celebrating? Is this IT? Is this the last round? Don't they have a couple more rounds to go?"
Matt's of course dumbfounded.
"No, it's the WORLD SERIES. They won."
"Oh. Hmm. Wow. That's cool."
While I obviously don't really care about the games, I do enjoy the fans here. Their passion is both amusing and touching. For instance, last week at a seminar I attended, everyone had to go around, say their name, where they were from, and whether they were a Red Sox fan. I'm positive this was done just to smoke out the Yankees fans. People booed/groaned when someone said she was from St. Louis and rooted for the Cardinals. I was sitting a couple people past her in the row, so when my turn came, I casually left out my team.
Then today, I had to drive into town around 1:30. The Red Sox rally started at noon, so by 1:30 the sidewalks were filled with people in red, blue and white jerseys and t-shirts. I saw a older gentleman, very dignified, walking with a walker, wearing his Red Sox hat. Now that's just cool. All those years, and two championships to enjoy. Even I can appreciate that.