Monday, April 5, 2010

A Nation Comes Alive

Like a fish to water and a bee to honey, The Nation came to life last night as we welcomed our boys of summer back. The plush green fields of Fenway opened it's doors to the first game of it's business at hand, and the proverbial blood began to pump through every Red Sox fan throughout. It was electric, and even if you weren't a true fan, you stopped for a moment to marvel at the hometown team as they took center stage.

In a surprising maneuver, Pedro Martinez, wearing of all things, his old number 45 Red Sox jersey, came from behind an enormous American flag to hurl out the ceremonial first pitch to Jason Veritek. Just like the old days. Pedro was "our daddy" and the crowd went nuts and began chanting "Pedro, Pedro, Pedro..." There might not have been a dry eye in the house as he embraced Red Sox favorite Johnny Pesky.

Josh Beckett got the nod against our arch rival nemesis, the returning World Series Champions, Evil Empire New York Yankees and about two seconds after the first pitch, it felt as if they never left us for winter. Beckett was hit hard in the first few innings, and I have to admit I went to bed with the Sox trailing 5-1 early, thinking this was going to be a long year.

I should have known better than that.
I should have known that our boys had some pixie dust left over from 2007.
Because I woke up to find that my team had done it, yet again.

They beat the Evil Empire 9-7 and I couldn't get to the TV quick enough to see what I had missed. Pedrioa, Youklis, and a few new faces scraped and clawed their way up and out of the loss and brought us a victory. I even forgave Papelbon for his monumental, season-ending choke last year, and I was glad to see he closed it out for the win.

Ah, Sox baseball is back, and I couldn't be happier. Today we have a better record than the Yankees in the AL East and right at this moment, all is as it should be.

12 comments:

wigsf said...

Oh yes, the Red Sox. They've got an easy schedule this year. They don't have to play themselves this year. But they get 19 games against the lowly Jays and 19 against the Orioles. Bad year to be a bird in the AL East.

RW said...

Red Sox... Red Sox... I seem to have some memory of such a thing... Hmmm...

B.E. Earl said...

So we dance again. I'd wish you and your team luck...but I wouldn't mean it.

Grrr.

Jim said...

Did you send Lackey's wife that gift basket yet?

Come on, girl, get moving . . . you want her to feel at home, don't you? We need 20 wins out of her guy.

XO

Heff said...

It STILL amazes me that you "KNOW SPORTS" !

Sir Thomas said...

oh its so on now girly...


Mariners are going to rock your world!!!!!

cfoxes said...

Take me out to the ballgame. Take me out to the crowd! Buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks, I don't care if I every get back...

Go Cincinnati Reds!

Scott Oglesby said...

Man, opening day makes me miss the states!

Did I ever tell you that I got to see Pedro’s childhood home in the D.R? He's my favorite pitcher since Clemens.

Joker_SATX said...

GO SOX!

I love the Red Sox. My father is a die hard Yankees fan. Right now...we are not speaking to each other.

the walking man said...

I think their socks are more Cranberry colored than red, don't you?

The Dental Maven said...

The Red Sox are so easy to love. The Nats? Not so much.

BamaTrav said...

I hate baseball. Love college football and the NHL. I like to play baseball but it sux to watch.