I’ve been a Boston Red Sox fan since living in Boston back in 1993-94. When I say I’m a fan I don’t mean in the fanatical sense of the word: I prefer the Red Sox to any other team in baseball…and I wear a Red Sox baseball cap most days.
Last night the Red Sox won their second World Series in four seasons. I thoroughly enjoyed following their progress through the American League Championship Series against the Cleveland Indians and the World Series against the Colorado Rockies.
My younger brother, Ken, is a huge Indians fan which made the ALCS something special for me. It gave us a reason to call each other and something to talk about. Baseball, it turns out, is less controversial and emotional than either religion or politics.
We don’t have broadcast television or cable so I wasn’t able to watch any of the postseason games at home. When I got desperate during the ALCS I rode my bicycle to the only bar in Saco and watched the mostly silent games–the t.v. was muted whenever someone put money in the jukebox–on a single television across the bar. It was, to say the least, a lame way to enjoy a baseball game. Boston was down in the series 3-1 and rallied to win games five and six. It would take all seven games to determine the winner of the American League Pennant. For that game I drove to Portland to watch the action in a real bar with real televisions. The game was close until the end when Boston pulled ahead. The Cleveland Indians would have to dry their tears with their rally towels as Boston prepared to face the Colorado Rockies in the World Series.
Boston swept the Rockies 4-0 in the World Series to become the 2007 World Champions. I didn’t watch a single game. The first three nights I kept hitting the refresh button (F5) at Boston.com to get score updates. I also read the live blog from the ballpark. The Red Sox dominated the Rockies through three games and I was confident the series would be over in four. I sat in the car with a bag of chips and a soda and listened to game four on the radio (no, we don’t have any radios in our house). It was a lame way to follow a baseball game, I’ll admit. But that’s what fans do. The Red Sox were ahead 4-3 in game four at Coors Field to start the bottom of the ninth inning. The only really tense moment of the game came when pinch-hitter Jamey Carroll sent Jacoby Ellsbury all the way back to the left field wall on a line drive off pitcher Jonathan Papelbon for the second out. The next batter, Seth Smith, stuck out to end the series.
The fans in Boston will enjoy a duckboat parade through the city tomorrow. Then, the postseason starts.