October 22, 2004

It's Not Over Yet

WE MUST ADMIT we feel a bit chagrined about the Boston Red Sox's glorious, history-making pennant win. This is not, we hasten to assure readers, because we were not incredibly enthused about the Sox throwing the Yankees down to the ground. We thought that kicked ass. Rather, the reason we feel chagrined is because we have only been a Red Sox fan for roughly one year.

As such, we feel somewhat similar to a soldier brought in to a combat zone near the very end of hostilities. The battle was won, but we did precious little fighting in it. And now, all the soldiers who have been in combat for years upon years are looking at our clean uniform and our shiny shoes and thinking, "Oh, Christ. Look at the new lieutenant."

Still, though, we must say we're not completely green. We did, after all, watch last year's horror of an American League Championship Series, in which we and our fellow members of Red Sox Nation received a sharp stick in the eye courtesy of New York. It was in this series where we first learned to appreciate baseball; to appreciate the game had strategy, to appreciate that there was far more to it than hitting a ball with a stick. The pain and anguish which we felt, upon watching the Red Sox lose that series, may have paled compared to that which so many Red Sox fans have felt over the years. But we suffered it nonetheless. And so this year, we watched the games on TV and grew to love this fine game of baseball.

And this year, the Red Sox did it, and have put themselves within striking distance of the World Championship for the first time in some two decades. God! how great it would be if they won -- not so much for us, but for all those who have long believed in the Boston Red Sox.

But there is much more to do. We have scaled the cliffs at Normandy; now we must press on to Berlin. It is only then that our victory will be complete. So over the next several days, we shall cheer on the Red Sox without guilt -- and enjoin them to give the Cards hell.

Posted by Benjamin Kepple at October 22, 2004 08:39 AM | TrackBack

A year?? I only became a Red Sox fan when they were 2 games to 3 against the Yankees!

Posted by: Matthew S. Schwartz at October 22, 2004 11:23 AM

I have been with them since the beginning. Well - since the beginning of MY life anyway. I have walked through the fire, time and time again.

Welcome, new converts.

Get ready for intense joy and bleak pain.

Posted by: red at October 22, 2004 02:38 PM