To quote Austin Powers, “Allow myself, to introduce…myself”. I’m a Sox fan. A big Sox fan. I’ve been watching this team since I can remember and from what I’ve been told by my parents, even earlier than that. I grew up on this team, celebrated the wins, suffered through the losses and never took my eye off of ‘next year’. I’m a married, home owning ‘adult’ and yet this team still manages to hold a spot in the top 3 moments of my life (2004)…as well as a top two spot in the worst moments of my life (2003). The Sox have always been a big part of my life for better or for worse, but that is the beauty of being a Sox fan. I follow other sports teams, in other sports, but I was only raised on one team. The Red Sox were always passed down from generation to generation more than they were simply followed. Like a family heirloom, fathers would give it to sons and those kids would grow older and then pass it on to their kids, just as their fathers had done for them. Why am I starting this site? Why now? Why not! Baseball is a passion of mine, if not for the mandatory uniform of bow-ties and smoking jackets with elbow patches, I’d have wanted to be a Baseball historian. I love the separation of leagues, hate interleague play, think the DH is fine in just one league and strongly believe that the AL and NL should go back to two divisions. I hate the words curse or nation when describing anything about the Red Sox. I think baseball is a timeless game, one that holds numbers above all other sports, which is why the steriod era was so disappointing. Baseball is a beautiful game when played the right way and am grateful that I grew up in a place and at a time that allowed me to learn about it through greats like Gammons, McDonough, Massarotti and Ryan among others. Athough the team wasn’t always the most successful we’ve been lucky enough to have a list of players so good that only a single name is needed to identify them. Players like Ted, Yaz, Roger, Manny, Nomar and Pedro. The last of which remains to this day my favorite athlete of all time and someone who I believe will never have an equal. Pedro was Haley’s Comet, incredible, memorable, once in a lifetime and when you look back, seemingly gone too soon.
Technology, specifically the internet, gives everyone a voice and I’m hoping that some people will want to hear mine when it comes to the Red Sox. I have no formal media training, no backstage access or ‘moles’ in the front office. I just love watching baseball and specifically the Sox. I envision this site being a long running conversation where I’ll throw out some ideas and people will counter back with their own views and opinions. I will hopefully have some interesting articles that get people thinking, not so much a recap of things that just happened but a view on why and what might happen next. In addition to the content you’ll find written here there will also be a podcast to compliment the topics covered in those articles. I just really want to have fun, with a lively community of people who have a passion for the same thing that I do. I hope you’ll enjoy what I come up, hope you’ll share it those you know who share our love for the Sox and let’s see where we can take this thing as the year goes on.