Thanks to everyone who participated in my little giveaway! We got out five winners and I’m hoping (and fairly certain) we’ll have more giveaways coming up! So don’t despair if you didn’t win this time!
Congrats to John in Connecticut, Kathy in Maine, Cathy in Massachusetts, Donna in Texas and Tom in Florida on winning the DVDS!
Now the rest of this will be a little rambling…bear with me!
I was out the other night with friends I’ve met through baseball (as many of you know, the Internet has brought many a like-minded group together!) and we were talking about how odd this year’s World Series win has been. Odd in that it feels almost natural. One friend commented on where she planned to go for the “next parade”. And it wasn’t said with any sense of entitlement and when she said it she acknowledged that it was crazy she could even feel that way. I’d say the majority of friends I’ve made through our united love of baseball and the Red Sox are in their forties or older. That is to say, they’ve (we’ve) seen a lot of lean years in our baseball fandom and for those of us who are Boston sports fans, our sports fandom in general. Heck the Celtics were all we really had to keep us going for quite some time and even they had 22 years between their two most recent championships.
So far, it’s been my experience that this time around Red Sox fans aren’t doing the things they did in 2004 (or even 2007). Sure everyone seems to have a championship t-shirt or pennant or maybe they picked up the Sports Illustrated special issue…but you don’t see fans clamoring to be saturated with Red Sox World Series memorabilia the way we were in the past. Maybe this is our version of “acting like we’ve been there before”? I know for me the three World Series wins I’ve seen have been markedly different. 2004 was emotional. For all the older Red Sox fans and players who never saw or never thought they’d see, a World Series Championship banner go up . I spent the day of the 2004 “rolling rally” watching from home, sobbing like a baby. In 2007 I really felt like it was for me…us….and all I wanted to do was party. So I went to the parade with two friends and we spent the day celebrating. It was a blast, if not a bit of a blur. This year I almost didn’t go to the parade because of things going on at home and was talked into it…and I’m glad I was. It was, again, a blast, but it was different. I spent more time looking, really looking at the team and thinking about what it must mean to them. So many of them a bit older than the average player and now they will forever be labeled “champions”. One of my favorite baseball stories ever being Daniel Nava, undrafted and eventually “purchased” for $1 by the Red Sox (turning into $1500) is now a member of a “World Champion” baseball team. How wonderfully ridiculous is that?
Even though the likes of Bill Maher will have you think what happened in April wasn’t that big of a deal (or that there was no connection to the Red Sox and their fans), thinking back on how dark Patriots Day became (after being so happy about a Red Sox walk-off win) and seeing the Red Sox bring the World Series trophy to the finish line of the Boston Marathon felt like the perfect way to end this season. And I will admit to feeling just a bit of attitude while standing on Boylston Street on the day of the parade, up against the barricades that lines the streets on April 15th. There is nothing that will make up for what happened at the Boston Marathon and no number of trophies or parades will bring back the lives lost and devastated by the bombings but there is a part of me that felt like the Red Sox reminded us this year that no matter how terrible things are…it’s still okay to be happy. So thanks for making us happy, Red Sox!
So while I’m still processing this ridiculously wonderful season, I received an email asking if I’d like to give away a DVD to help baseball fans get through the long, cold, MLB-less nights we have ahead of us.
Originally released in 2008, 2013 World Series MVP David Ortiz (woooo!!!!!) is interviewed in this documentary about the Dominican Republic and baseball. But let the PR people do the heavy lifting:
In the uplifting spirit of the classic sports documentary Hoop Dreams, comes ROAD TO THE BIG LEAGUES, a grand-slam documentary from filmmaker Jared Goodman. Offering a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the Dominican Republic’s obsession with baseball, viewers will quickly understand that, to the residents of this island nation, America’s National Pastime is more than just a game – it’s a way of life. And as the 2013 Fall Classic® gets underway, IndiePix® brings ROAD TO THE BIG LEAGUES to DVD. Featuring interviews with Dominican big league stars such as David Ortiz and Vladimir Guererro, this documentary, called “a well-addressed portrayal of pursuing a dream, believing in your heroes, and putting every obstacle aside,” also features championship-caliber extras including a behind-the-scenes featurette from the Dominican Winter League, David Ortiz in training, an interview with director Goodman and more!
IndiePix Films is being terribly generous this November, offering up five copies of this DVD to the friends of Toeing the Rubber. Now I’d love to make this difficult with a trivia contest or the like but I think our brains are all still full of BEARD so I’ll make this easy (besides, I’m pretty sure we’ll be having another DVD giveaway coming up that folks will be excited for and I’ll need to make you all work a little for that one!). So if you’d like to receive a free copy of ROAD TO THE BIG LEAGUES just leave a comment either here on this entry on the blog or on the thread where this entry is posted on Facebook. I’ll give you the rest of the week…until midnight on Sunday…and I’ll pick five random people and be in touch with you once I pick the winners!
So talk at me, peeps, and you could win a great little prize!