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THIS is Opening Day

I’ll be at Fenway today.

I’ll probably be cold.

I’ll probably be rain-soaked.

I will most definitely be happy.

The first time I saw this video was on a Fenway Opening Day. 2008 I think. It reminds me of how much I love this team and gives me hope for every new season.

Bring it on 2016!

April 11, 2016 Posted by | 2016 | , , , | 1 Comment

Sox Opening Day Postponed

The baseball (and weather) gods getting me back for mocking the Yankees:


Red Sox-Indians Opening Day postponed

2:52 PM ETBy Jordan Bastian / | 2:52 PM ET

CLEVELAND — Cold weather in Cleveland pushed Opening Day back by a day for the Red Sox.

Roughly two hours prior to Monday’s scheduled first pitch between the Red Sox and Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland announced that the game had been postponed until 1:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Tribe ace Corey Kluber is still scheduled to square off against Red Sox lefty David Price in the season opener for both clubs.

In the hours leading up the decision, snow flurries came and went over Progressive Field and temperatures hovered below freezing. At the time of the postponement, the temperature was 31 degrees, but the air felt like 18 degrees given wind chill.

The situation was reminiscent of 2007, when the Indians had their home opener postponed due to heavy snow.

Fans able to attend Tuesday’s makeup game will still see Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney throw out the ceremonial first pitch and have William Clarence Marshall sing the national anthem. Sandy Alomar Jr. will be honored before the game as well as part of the team’s “Only Here” campaign. The gates will open 11 a.m.

For those unable to attend Tuesday’s season opener, the Indians have provided a list of ticket-exchange dates: Wednesday against Boston, Thursday against Boston, April 15-17 against the Mets, April 19-21 against the Mariners, May 13 against the Twins and May 16-17 against the Reds.

April 4, 2016 Posted by | 2016 | , , , | Leave a comment

Opening Day – 2016: Mother Nature's Revenge

Boston - April 4, 2016

Boston – April 4, 2016

It’s Monday, April 4, 2016. At the time of this writing, it is 35 degrees in Cleveland. At 4:00 pm EST, it is being guessed that the temperature will be about 33 degrees with an 11% chance of precipitation (read: snow). Out my window here in Boston all I see are grey skies and snowflakes. There is nothing about this day that screams “BASEBALL SEASON” yet here it is.  Cardinals, Pirates, Rays, Blue Jays, Mets and Royals fans got their opening day yesterday and for the rest of us TODAY is it. (Well not all of us. Astros and Yankees fans have to wait another day thanks to Mother Nature, who is apparently NOT a Yankees fan.)

Outdoor sports that don’t involve boots, skates, or layered clothing should not be played in 33 degrees. It’s uncomfortable for the players, for the fans, for the folks who work at the parks and stadiums…it’s pretty much miserable for everyone. But know what? We don’t care. None of us. Because MOST of us will be sitting at home watching on television or listening to the radio/Internet while everyone else languishes in the cold. We get to enjoy the fruits of their labor and suffering from the warmth of our couches and bar stools because, dammit, baseball season will not be halted. Not even for a little bit of snow.  (Again, unless you’re in New York today.)

Diehard baseball fans will argue that the season isn’t long enough. Just when it starts to get really good, bam, it’s over.  So we accept that our teams play in the snow in April and sometimes in October as well because the alternative is no baseball…and what the hell is the point of that?

Seven years ago this past weekend I was at the opening of Citi Field for exhibition games between the Mets and the Red Sox (apologies for the lack of photos on those links – archiving the old blog entries didn’t go as well as I had hoped). It was a cold, grey, rainy weekend and at one point while we were walking around the brand new park shivering and practically getting blown over by the wind, I overheard a couple behind me.  He was ranting about how he had told her before that they weren’t going to any games in April and she literally just laughed in his face. She knew he was full of it (either that, she knew the next April game she went to would be on her own or with someone who wasn’t him) – we ALL complain about the miserable April weather but we all show up at the games or turn that television on come opening day. We are baseball fans and we are a little bit crazy.

The 2016 season is a snowy blank canvas and the Red Sox have David Price as their artist in residence. I’m looking forward to some beautiful, winning tableaus this year – sprinkled with a little carnage every now and then.

Let’s go, Red Sox!

April 4, 2016 Posted by | 2016 | , , , , , | 2 Comments

"So Many Picked the Red Sox. But then, what did all of us know?"

I’m currently working at an accounting firm which means I have very little in the way of a life until April 16th. While I’m watching the Cubs/Cardinals game on ESPN tonight, I will most likely miss 11 if not 12 of the 14 games being played on Monday – including the Red Sox/Phillies game at 3pm.

So I need you all to enjoy the hell out of Opening Day for me. I know you won’t let me down.

More to come this season. For now, please enjoy possibly the best video ever created.


April 5, 2015 Posted by | 2015 | , , , , | 1 Comment

Happy REAL Opening Day

Possibly the best picture ever taken. I will fight you on this. (From the ring ceremony for the 2007 team - taken by Kelly O'Connor/sittingstill and used with permission)

Possibly the best picture ever taken. I will fight you on this. (From the ring ceremony for the 2007 team – taken by Kelly O’Connor/sittingstill and used with permission)

I am heading to Fenway today (this morning actually…making a very long and fun day of it) and while this isn’t the first time I’ve been to Opening Day and it’s the second time I’ve been to a World Series ring ceremony, I’m still pretty damn giddy.

Holy cow.  Did you read what I just wrote? I’ve been to a World Series ring ceremony and am going to another.  And I know folks who will have been at all three. Every so often, like just now, it hits me how incredibly fortunate we are as fans to be witnessing this in our lifetimes.  If you aren’t a sports fan you don’t get what a pleasure this is (then again, if you aren’t a sports fan the chances are very good you aren’t reading this blog so never mind!).

The Red Sox come back to Fenway today having won the first series of the season (and as an added, meaningless bonus,  the Sox are in first  place and the Yankees in last). I hear birds singing, the sun is starting to peek out and I know it’s going to be a good day!

I hope everyone gets to find a place to watch the ceremony today. I’d love to say “take the day off” but I know that’s tough for some people so I’ll just say “try to work around it!”…we need this ray of sunshine after this long freaking winter, don’t you think?

Happy Opening Day, folks!


April 4, 2014 Posted by | 2014 | , , , , , | 2 Comments

It's Opening Day!

I don’t have to tell those of you in areas where it snows that it’s been a long, cold, and pretty miserable winter. But today all of that ends! They aren’t at Fenway yet but at least today we get REAL RED SOX BASEBALL!

So as I often do…I offer up the video that adds so much to my excitement for this day…and look forward to being at Fenway on Friday to maybe watch a new version where we add all the goodness that’s happened since this one was made!



March 31, 2014 Posted by | 2014 | , | 2 Comments

But even I didn't know I could pitch that good

I think they should show this video at Fenway and on NESN on every Opening Day:

There is never a time when watching this video doesn’t make me feel good. “It reminds us of all that once was good and it could be again.”  Note for those who can’t see the video – it ISN’T Terrance Mann’s “People Will Come” speech.  But since I’m thinking of it, let’s throw that one in too!

Every Opening Day is a day when every baseball fan has hope.  It doesn’t matter that the Yankees won the World Series in 2009 – every team, on Opening Day, is a potential World Series champion.  That’s why we keep coming back year after year – because there is always hope.  When things are dark and crappy and you just want to punch walls all day, a few hours with your favorite baseball team can make things seem not so bad.

On Sunday night, next year begins again.  I’m blessed to be able to go to Fenway and watch our boys knock the ball around with the Yanks.

I hope everyone safely enjoys whatever holiday they are celebrating – even if that holiday is only Opening Night!

April 3, 2010 Posted by | 2010 | , | 5 Comments

They bury me in a tree

I took this last year at McCoy.  Dusty Brown eyeballing the ump an inning before said ump ejected him from the game.  It's a cranky post and I thought the photo fitting.

I took this last year at McCoy Stadium. Dusty Brown eyeballing the ump an inning before the same umpire ejected him from the game. It's a bit of a cranky post today and I thought the photo fitting.

This next week will be the longest of the year, won’t it?

One week from this coming Sunday we get our Opening Day (night) and, yes, I will be there.  While I’m thrilled for the opportunity and grateful to have received the invite, I still am a little grumpy about the timing of it all.  I’m Catholic and Easter is a bit of a big deal so having it on the holiday sucks just a bit.  Thankfully, I was born of a family who won’t be offended if I leave Easter dinner a little early to make it to the park.   I’m okay with it.  Just means I won’t get into Boston as early as I normally would that day.

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March 26, 2010 Posted by | 2010 | , , | 9 Comments

She made the gang sing this song

Citi Field. Taken, as all the photos here are, by me.

This weekend has flown by and in a few hours the event we’ve been clamoring for will be upon us: Opening Day at Fenway (and all around MLB)!

A happy Justin Masterson.

Being at Citi Field absolutely made me realize how much I missed baseball. It was also my first real taste of Mets fans and I have to say that, on the whole, I really enjoyed them. I was a little surprised that they were booing Oliver Perez in the first inning of an exhibition game on Saturday but the other side of that showed itself the night before when they went wild for both JJ Putz and Francisco Rodriguez. When, suddenly, all the Mets fans left at Citi Field on Friday night stood up, I had no idea what was coming. Then KellyO pointed out the bullpen door opening and K-Rod running out. The reaction of the fans gave me chills. It was special to be able to witness their first sighting of him in a Mets uniform (in the new park!).

Mr. Met – packing heat.

So many random things happened this weekend. A (seemingly) homeless man passed us at South Station before we left on Friday and muttered “Red Sox!” at us. Mind you, neither of us had any Sox gear on at the time. (It came full circle when I was crossing the street in New York to get to Penn Station and a man walked by me and yelled “Yankees!” in my ear.) We were constantly being reminded to “watch the gap” when getting on and off the trains. Amtrak (and the LIRR) is quite serious about this. Sadly, I watched the gap all weekend long and nothing seemed to happen. False advertising if you ask me.

I was disappointed that Kyle Snyder didn’t make the trip but am hopeful that he was still in Florida. Because, really, if he wasn’t going to be able to play at the new park this weekend, at least he could be enjoying nice weather while some of his new teammates froze their butts off.

Julio Lugo taking autograph requests.

Julio Lugo seems to be trying his best to keep up a positive front. On Friday night, from clear across the park, we noticed someone in the Red Sox dugout tossing baseballs to the fans. Turns out it was Lugo, taking baseballs from the fans and signing them. He then started tossing gum to the kids behind the dugout (at one point motioning for the bucket of gum!). On Saturday, he was out there signing autographs again and chatting up pretty much everyone he came upon. It was like Sean Casey all over again!

Watching Jed Lowrie hit a grand slam – even in an exhibition game – is possibly one of the coolest things I’ve witnessed on a road trip! Everyone on the team seemed to be pretty jacked up for him. There was a small part of me that felt sorry for Perez but mostly I was just really happy to see the team doing well. A split was fine with me.

Jon Lester? Not so impressive this weekend. Daisuke Matsuzaka? He was just fabulous wasn’t he? He just oozed confidence as well – especially when he fielded the two balls that he did. Ice water in his veins, I’m telling you. Also, David Ortiz looks to be in tip-top shape. It’s always tough to tell how his weight is with the way he wears his uniforms but I’ll tell you this: watching him run from first to third in one smooth motion with no chugging along or huffing and puffing once he passed second was very telling. I can’t remember ever seeing him run the bases so effortlessly and it impressed me greatly.

Daisuke Matsuzaka explaining that the bases loaded thing was all part of his plan.

Because of technology issues on Saturday, I was without the use of my cell phone. This caused issues where I was supposed to meet up with Metsgrrl and finally get to say “hello” (Metsgrrl is now in Cincinnati for the Mets/Reds games this week!) It also caused me to miss some stellar texting from friends. I feel the need to defend Citi Field and the Mets by saying if it wasn’t for the insane winds, there would have been no garbage on the fields on Saturday. The park is spotless (well, except for a couple of sketchy bathrooms) and I really enjoyed it so I hated the idea that the game airing nationally was the one where there was trash blowing all about. (Did MLBN get Papi holding on to Alex Cora’s pocket at third base and stuffing it full of garbage? Papi was the most diligent of the players, really wanting to get the trash gone!)

I know I’ve missed things to touch upon so I’ll send you here and here to see the rest of the better photos I took this weekend. I’m using a new camera and still playing with settings and such, so the pictures won’t be professional grade but I like them!

To celebrate the beginning of the season, here is my favorite version of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”. Hope everyone enjoys the day!

April 6, 2009 Posted by | 2009 | , , , , | Leave a comment

Such a Day

I’m wiped.  I had really hoped to get in a full account of the day along with pictures, but it isn’t happening.  I’m probably going to wait a day or two as I’ll be at Fenway the next two nights.  I’ll give a brief wrap up here and pics will follow at some point.

I had a wonderful time.   SO proud of our guys and so wonderful to see Billy Buckner there today.  I’ve never been in the “blame Buckner” camp, and Buckner himself even blamed the media more than the fans for all that…even so, he got a tremendous ovation (the sound on the television feeds wasn’t close to what it was like at the park.  It was much louder, all day, at the park than presented on television).  It couldn’t have been easy for him – but good for him for doing it.  And good for the fans for their reactions.

I missed Kyle being there.  And there were others (unrelated to me) who were asking where he was as well.  I feel selfish because giving it a lot of thought, I can understand why he wouldn’t want to go.  Wound is way too fresh.  But he deserved to be there and I’m sad he wasn’t.  (And, of course, I get my Kyle Snyder batting practice jersey in the mail while I’m at the game.)

Daisuke looked fabulous.  Really had his stuff working – which made me happy.

The geniuses at Fenway played a Neil Diamond song (that ISN’T “Sweet Caroline”) instead of Okajima’s entrance music today.  Way to screw up something fun people.

That and a ‘live’ version of “Sweet Caroline” were the worst of the day.    Kyle not being there was the saddest.  Billy Buckner throwing out the first pitch was the happiest.  (Winning the game came a close second to Billy Buck.)

All I did was sit in a seat outside and watch a baseball game, yet I’m sore and tired and am very close to just dropping for the night.

Congratulations to the 2007 Boston Red Sox.  Now let’s get this 2008 title run started.

(I’ll have more on the day when I’m not ready to fall into a deep sleep!)

April 8, 2008 Posted by | Opening Day | , , , , , | 7 Comments