“Careful kid, they’ll break ya haart”
For my second Glog post, I have decided to share with you something that has been an undying passion for me throughout my long, 16 year life: the Boston Red Sox. Oh, and let me tell you, you live and you die with the Boston Red Sox.
For those of you who don’t know me, baseball is life. Ever since I was little, I have always loved the game. For me, baseball has always taken priority over all. But, there was always one aspect of baseball that I really truly fell in love with, the Red Sox. The title of this post is from the movie “Fever Pitch,” which came out in early 2005. “Fever Pitch” is a romantic comedy about Ben (Jimmy Fallon) and how he worships the Red Sox and how he deals with the heartbreak they throw at him. The title of my post is a quote that literally describes what the Red Sox are capable of on an emotional level. The Sox actually do break your heart.
I remember to this day, August 1st, 2004. At this point in my life I had recently discovered NESN, which is New England Sports Network, and I had heard “trade rumors” about my absolute favorite player, Nomar Garciaparra. On the morning of August 1st, I remember waking up and walking out into the living room. My parents had gotten the Boston Globe, and they sat me down on the couch and showed me the front page. As I looked down at the bold headline, my stomach churned. Nomar had been traded to the Chicago Cubs in a three team deal. I remember looking at a diagram of the players who were traded, with lines to who their new team was. In disbelief, I followed the arrow from Nomar’s name to the Cubs logo. At this point, it was all over. My parents say I cried for a very long time. Like I said, the Sox actually do break your heart.
Just a few months later, the Sox made me fall in love with them all over again with the win of the 2004 World Series. Another memory I still hold onto to this day is the final play of game 4, “It’s a ground ball stabbed by Foulke, he underhands it to first AND THE RED SOX ARE WORLD CHAMPION! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?” I remember this so well that I can even remember where I was, what I was wearing, and who I was with! The Sox really do put you on an emotional roller coaster.
On a more modern note, the Sox are really hurting right now. The first losing record in over a decade or something like that, this year they AGAIN traded away my favorite player, Adrian Gonzalez, and they are missing the playoffs for the 3rd straight year.
I have high hopes for this offseason, with maybe the signing of highly sought after free agent Josh Hamilton???
On a final note, my advice to my readers: become a part of something bigger than yourself that you can fall deeply in love with, and yes, if/when it breaks your heart, please stick with it. And feel free to leave comments about your stories or memories about the Sox or about a passion you have fallen in love with.
Until Next Time,