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Confessions of a Red Sox Fan
Sox in the Blood
When I was a kid in the Boston area, baseball became king in 1967, the impossible dream. Sure the Celtics were always great and the Bruins had their years but that '67 team made me a fan for life. Now I was just a kid but the excitement made me a fan. Not soon after I started playing catch and I was hooked. Yaz, Tony C., Jim Lonborg, Rico Petrocelli, The Boomer Reggie Smith, Mike Andrews and the list goes on.
When I was old enough I started collecting cards. I did whatever I could to get my Red Sox cards. When I played in the back yard or in the park I did my Yaz imitation, albeit a right handed version.
Following The Sox
There were the High's and Lows like the '75 loss to the Reds. If only we had a healthy Jim Rice they may have won that one. Then there was '78 and Bucky #@$^@# Dent. The '86 team that should have won it but for bad pitching at the end of game 6. (Contrary to folklore, Bill Buckner did not lose that game. With 2 outs, and a 2 run lead the Red Sox could not get the final out...but that's another story.)
Then there was the 2003 abomination vs. The Evil Empire (TEE) know as the Yankees. With a very tired ace on the mound they left him in to be hung out to dry. Arggg!
Well all is well now. More World Series wins than TEE in this century and still playing well. I still follow my Sox even though I'm in California. What does this mean? It means once a year I get to drag my family to see the Sox play. Not as easy as it might seem. One year we got seats on the lower level down the right field line where the opposing team sits. Most of the die hard Sox fans sit there. Needless to say there was some drinking going on. It just so happened that the guys in front of us were having a blast. One decided it was time to share with the world his birthday suit. My daughter who was 16 at the time still talks about that one.
Anyway, roudy or not Sox fans are passionate and once a Red Sox fan always a Red Sox fan That is why they invented Red Sox Nation. Back to being a kid and hero's. I'm not much of a hero worship type. I think the lone exception would be meeting Yaz. So there's my confession and here's to hero's and being a life long Red Sox Fan.