Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Opening Day at Fenway!!

I may well be 64 years old with diminished physical and mental capacities, there may still be snow on the ground outside my window, a stiff northerly breeze may still be blowing but for today, the grass is green, the sun is warm and all is right with the world for it's Opening Day at Fenway!! Nothing can make me feel younger than to be up and about with a fresh pot of coffee, the sports page read, the Globe sports page visited on the Web just waiting for the opening day ceremonies at Fenway at 1pm.

Today's highlight for me will be revisiting the remaining members of the 1967 Impossible Dream team as they walk into center field at the old ball yard; my youth on parade. Hell, the first 15 years of my following the Sox were spent trying to escape the basement of the American League. In the Spring of 1961 I remember taking four visitation days out of high school to check out the possible college sites of BU, BC, Northeastern and yes, even Harvard with a couple of friends. We did manage to see each and every campus from the car as we headed directly for the center field bleachers at Fenway; walked up, bought our tickets and found a seat! From last to first in 1967 changed all that forever as Red Sox Nation was born. So many memories, so many pains, so many possibilities each and every Spring and Summer.

Life is being born again, again and again. Let the new season commence at Fenway and may we all spend way too many hours living and dying and complaining with this year's version of the old Town Team. Go Sox!! Though the last picture is from the Sox/Yankee classic comeback of 2004, I can always look at it one more time; WOW!!


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