Red Sox Chick/Toeing the Rubber

Because you always need a backup plan

Best. Birthday. Present. EVAH!

Friday night when my friends said “Wait, the night isn’t over!  Kelly wants to give you your birthday present before we leave!” , the last thing I expected to be extracted from her trunk was a six foot long, heavyweight poster of Kyle Snyder from his first season in Boston.  And when I say  “heavyweight”, I’m not kidding.  This thing is, essentially, a giant tarp with a photo of Kyle on it.  There was a time when it hung in a shadow box above the Yawkey Way store (an example here, for those not familiar with the display), alerting us that Kyle would be pitching that night.  But a few weeks ago it sat in Fenway at the bottom of a pile of ex-Red Sox players waiting for someone to come along and claim it.

It was my good fortune that there was someone there who claimed it just for me.  Kelly O’Connor is not just an amazing photographer and one of the smartest people I know (and not just about baseball), but she’s a dear friend who knows me much too well.  It was also, as far as I can recall, the first time in my life that I was so pleasantly surprised by something.  It’s tough to surprise me.  I have great instincts and can usually guess gifts and such quite easily, even though I never betray that to the gift-giver.  Not so this time.  Not at all.  My friends who were there on Friday can attest to the fact that I, the one who never seems to shut up, was speechless.  Hell, just typing this entry I’m smiling ear to ear.

I’m just, still, so genuinely touched (and tickled) to have been given this present.  The photo above doesn’t do it justice (I took the photo after spreading it across my bed and this photo doesn’t even capture the entire poster).  Once I put it up (after I figure out just where the hell to put it!), I’ll take another photo which will, hopefully, give you a better idea of how enormous it is.

Seriously, though, how cool is this?


December 19, 2010 - Posted by | 2010 | ,


  1. Happy Birthday! Congrats on the gift. I’m glad it found its way to its rightful owner. 🙂 You have wonderful friends.

    Comment by Kfish | December 19, 2010 | Reply

  2. AWESOMENESS!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Tex19 | December 19, 2010 | Reply

  3. HOLY SHIT! That’s great! Happy early birthday, Cyn!!!

    Comment by becks | December 19, 2010 | Reply

  4. Whoa! I was afraid to read the rest of the sentence “I took it after spreading it across my bed “

    Comment by slackjawedlacky | December 19, 2010 | Reply

    • “I took it after spreading it across my bed “ 😆 I unintentionally crack myself up.

      Comment by Cyn | December 19, 2010 | Reply

  5. You so deserve it Cyn. I still remember fondly going to Bronson’s first concert. So glad that you had a great time.

    Comment by Cruiser | December 19, 2010 | Reply

  6. I’m smiling because I am so glad you were given this. Your friend is a real treasure and I love this poster. I suppose because it was designed to be hung high above eye level, the perspective makes his legs look even longer than the usual two miles. Good luck finding a place to hang it and Happy Birthday.

    Comment by Anita | December 19, 2010 | Reply

  7. That is fantastic! I think “Kyle” found the perfect home

    Comment by BethR | December 19, 2010 | Reply

  8. So cool….Happy Birthday!!!

    Comment by Anna | December 20, 2010 | Reply

  9. I’m so glad I got to be there when Kelly found it AND for the big reveal. When someone describes a jaw-dropping moment Cyn’s face should be used as an example. I was looking forward to your reaction almost as much as going to the concert itself 🙂

    Comment by Stacy | December 20, 2010 | Reply

    • I was, genuinely, just stunned. 🙂

      Thanks, all, for the birthday wishes!

      Comment by Cyn | December 20, 2010 | Reply

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