Buy Me Some Peanuts and Cracker-Jacks…

…I don’t care if we never get back.

So it’s root, root, root for the Home Team,

If they don’t win it’s a shame.

For it’s one, two, three strikes you’re out

At the old ball game!

First thing I noticed about today is that it’s Friday the 13th. Right. What could go wrong on a Friday the 13th, you ask?

Well, for one thing, today is the Home Opener game for the Boston Red Sox (against Tampa Bay Rays). I am a neo-fanatic (or neo-fan if you will) of the Red Sox baseball team. I only came to this after most of my life had passed already. Maybe the last 10 years or so. They’ve had their ups and downs, but in the last decade they won the World Series twice and have seemed like a super team – that is, before last year.

Last year we started our season with a 2-10 record. That’s TWO wins and TEN losses. Oh, that hurt. But we tuned in each night and watched the games, like any faithful Redsox Nation fan would do, but it wasn’t always easy. Late night games (and oh, those long Extra Innings!) necessitated finishing the games on the radio in my bed in the wee hours. A loss would throw me into a tizzy, and I wouldn’t sleep at all after that. We did pretty well once we got going last year, but then we fell apart in the fall and lost it in the end.

Then things really started to unravel.

Our manager was fired, our general manager left the team, and several players are gone now too. The team is so different now that I don’t even know a lot of the players any more. I have to have a web page with the roster of players up beside me whilst watching my own team play, just so I can keep up!

So today, on a Friday the 13th, we are beginning our new season with a 1-5 record (we’ve only played “away” games so far). Only ONE win so far. Here we go again….

We have a new manager and general manager, new players I don’t know yet, a pitching staff that seems less than ideal (to me anyway), and I never thought I’d hear myself say this, but I’m actually looking forward to seeing Daisuke (or “Dice-K” as we call him) Matsuzaka return from his year-long stint on the disabled list and Tommy John surgery. I didn’t much care for him when he was pitching for us before he was injured, but at this point, I’m willing to give him another try. Come back Dice-K! We need you!

I’ve also just learned that today, the Home Opener, the game will be starting around 2 p.m. and that around 1:30 when the festivities at Fenway Park begin, there will be some F-16 jets doing a fly-over (like last year???), so I’d better jot this down so when they come flying over our house, which is only about 15 miles from Boston, I won’t go nuts like I did last year and wonder if we are under attack again. Fighter jets = Baseball game opener. Got it.

So, I’ll be home this afternoon, all afternoon, faithfully watching my team trying to end this losing streak and get the 2012 baseball season rolling along…

Fenway Park, Boston, MA

Cheers, and Go Sox!

Bex

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“There are only two seasons – winter and baseball.”

[Bill Veeck]

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17 Responses to Buy Me Some Peanuts and Cracker-Jacks…

  1. Bex says:

    Well, miracle of miracles, the Sox won today’s game too. I think it was 13-5 or something like that. That is the first time the Sox have won two games in a row since August 27, 2011. Amazing. So we are on a two-game winning streak. Long live the streak!

    Oh, and Michael, Cody Ross was terrific today!

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  2. TopsyTurvy says:

    Like CL, I’ve rooted for the Red Sox ever since I was a kid. I do root for teams from other places I’ve lived but in the end the Sox and the Bruins get my first allegiance.

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  3. mz. em says:

    Oh, I remember listening to the Red Sox games on the radio with my Uncle Bo. What fun listening to the announcers. They really made the game come alive. I have been on the outside of Fenway Park but I did see the Sox when they played the Royals when I was living in Kansas City. I was not well liked since I was rooting for the Sox. I’m glad they won today.

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  4. Michael says:

    Cody left as a free agent because he didn’t fit into the Giants’ plans for 2012. I wish him only the best. Giants fans always think of ex-Giants as forever members of the team, and they’re always welcome back (unless they either play for or say something nice about the Dodgers; that’s the deal breaker).

    I’m happy to say the Giants also won their home opener, so all is well with the world.

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  5. Bex says:

    Michael,

    I was reading Ross’s page at WikiPedia and he seems impressive. I am very thankful we have him now…I hope you got somebody good for him. You only had him a year and we only have him under contract for a year.

    We ended up winning the game today 12-2. It’s a start.

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  6. Michael says:

    I don’t know if the Giants would have made it to the World Series in 2010 without Cody Ross. He was good then, he can be good again.

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  7. Bex says:

    Why? He’s from your area?

    He’s from YOUR TEAM! Ross-the-Boss. You see? I know some stuff.

    Sorry, Michael..didn’t mean to steal your guy. I hope he’s good!

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  8. Michael says:

    The Giants are having their home opener today, too, and they’re 2-4 so far. Looks like a good day for the Sox. I think at 12-1 you can exhale. My favorite Red Sox player, by the way, is Cody Ross. Want to guess why?

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  9. Bex says:

    I’m not making any predictions here, but it’s 5:17 p.m., about 3 hours into the first Home game, and the Sox are ahead 12-1. I’m just sayin’ …

    Go Sox!

    …and the bases are loaded, bottom of the 8th, and no outs – Sox are up…still.

    Note: I’ve had to change the score twice since writing this comment, it started out 10-1, and is now 12-1 and we only have 1 out so far…and bases are loaded…

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  10. Bex says:

    TS – so you say you “had” the whole Ted Williams set of cards… I hope, if you don’t still have them, that you made a few bucks off of them!

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  11. Bex says:

    I’m watching the game right now, well typing and watching the game and so far we are losing 1-0. A game is long so we still have a fighting chance…

    Nina, I’ll get the animal quote back, don’t worry.

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  12. Crochetlady says:

    I still root for the Sox. The only time I had trouble was when they played St. Louis Cards, then I had to root for both teams! We lived right outside of ST. L then and couldn’t really choose a favorite. But now it is all Red Sox!!

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  13. Nina says:

    Oh! We lost the animal quote!

    I understand the love for baseball better than the love for football. I do, I understand it. I think. Yes, cards as a kid, peanuts. Yep. I get it.

    Me, I like to watch fans go crazy over their beloved teams. Much more fun. This post = case in point.

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  14. T.S. says:

    I’m not a fan of pro sports, but think it’s wonderful that people can find an interest in it. Maybe some day the game will be less about money and more about sport. Seems like that’s how it was when I was a kid. I had the whole Ted Williams baseball card series.

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  15. Bex says:

    The reason I am a fan now of baseball is because of my husband. He had been a total die-hard fan of the Sox all his life and collected baseball cards for years and years and still has them. I have actually taken the lead now in this house as the biggest fan because during the baseball season, he is working from dawn til night and can’t stay awake for the games. He also gets discouraged easily by the Sox, and I am more of an optimist. I think baseball is such a good sport to watch if you want to slow down your life and relax a bit doing so…

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  16. l'empress says:

    I didn’t know any baseball teams were still gaining fans. I gave up on professional ball — after more than forty years — after the last strike.

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  17. My folks were Braves fans until they got sold and name-changed so many times. The last ten years I’ve been a very long-distance Sox rooter, though. Seems like this will be a rebuilding season, but they do have potential. They always have potential! Go, Sox!!!

    I do root for Michael’s Giants when they are playing. 🙂 Here in Korea, I cheer for the Doosan Bears, even though they always seem to be the bridesmaid. I guess they remind me of the long dry spell the Sox endured.

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