Yesterday there was a post on Boston.com about a poll that showed that 50% of Red Sox fans now want Terry Francona back.
Although I was fairly swamped with work this past weekend, I somehow managed to take the time to go see PAX East, the huge gaming convention and general geekfest organized by Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins of Penny Arcade fame. Kelly’s brother Matt came up from Philadelphia and joined Patricio and I as we indulged ourselves in a geek’s paradise – specifically, a gaming geek’s paradise. So go no further if you have a low tolerance for that sort of thing.
You are forthwith forbidden from mentioning Papelbon to us.
It’s no secret if you know me and Geoff that I’m the bigger football fan in this family. While we’re both Red Sox fans, I’ll generally sit and watch a football game on TV with more interest than I will a baseball game. I enjoy a baseball game live much more than on the TV while I will happily watch football either way. I am also far more likely to talk football smack with friends and coworkers than Geoff is. Unless of course you’re a Yankee fan, then all bets are off.
It looks like this year is going to be a HUGE year for history geeks like me.
Holy crap, we’re married! It’s finally done, I can’t believe it.
Based on my post from the other day, I think this might be turning into a competition. Our friends Jason and Shelley are Yankee fans. Yes, we love them anyway. (They’re originally from CT, they can’t help it.) Jason once legendarily got thrown out of a bar, leaving behind a bar tab, after cheering at the wrong time in a Sox vs. Yanks game. The bartender told him to get out, even when Jason offered to pay his tab, because it would cost more to fix up the bar after the fight that was about to happen than it would if Jason just left.
I’m popping in from headache land to post some more Sox photos from the game on Sunday.
Paps makes his entrance from the bullpen. Gotta love the music.
I like Papelbon, can you tell? The two Sox shirts I have are Big Papi and Papelbon.
Ok, there’s work to be done. More later.
Geoff here – I actually had the chance to go to not one but two Red Sox games this weekend, thanks to the kindness of my cousin John and my Aunt Donna. Friday night I went to a game with John, his brother-in-law and his nephew. We had a pretty good time, despite the fact that we kept thinking it was going to rain on us. Thankfully it never did and the game was REALLY good. In case you hadn’t heard, the Sox stomped the Orioles and almost got into a hell of a brawl. Then Sunday afternoon Kelly and I got to go together with the tickets Aunt Donna had sent us as a gift. Kelly brought her camera and she took a lot of pictures.
We got more pictures than that, so I will see if I can find some more good ones to put up.
One of my funniest memories from back when I first went to Alabama and met Geoff was when we went to his regular Monday night group, lovingly called the “Terrorist Knitters”, and I met a bunch of his friends for the first time. One of them was Bruce. Bruce was Geoff’s mechanic and Bruce’s wife, Sarah, was an avid knitter and a member of the knitting group. Bruce and Sarah arrived a bit later in the evening and when Geoff introduced me to Bruce and told him that I was from Boston, Bruce’s face absolutely lit up and he exclaimed, “Boston! Say something!”
Bruce was under the impression that I was a native Bostonian and that I had a Boston accent. I had to apologize and explain to him that while I had lived in Boston for a long time I did not, and still do not, actually have an accent. He was very disappointed.
I was reminded of this memory this evening when I got home from a Red Sox game and happened upon this article on Boston.com. If there is one place that you’ll hear varieties on what we lovingly call “Masshole-ish” or “Masshole-ese” it’s Fenway. Geoff and I were theorizing on our way home that the yellow shirted vendors, who all speak with a Boston accent of one variety or another, are actually trained that way. We suspect that if you’re walking around Fenway selling “ice cold beer” you’ll sell far less than if you’re selling “ice cold beah.”
Anyway, pictures from Fenway will follow. Today was the end of a four game series against the Orioles and the Sox swept the series. Though today the score was 8-6 as opposed to the spankings administered earlier in the series. We were concerned that the Orioles might actually leave town with a little self esteem as a result. I think Papelbon took care of that when he closed out the 9th inning.
More later, with pictures.