There’s a new world for the winning

Youk congratulates Dusty as he comes home.  Photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor/ and used with permission.

Youk congratulates Dusty as he comes home. Photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor/ and used with permission.

So here we are…the final day of the regular season.  As a fan of the Red Sox, I shouldn’t be bummed about this, right?  My team is going to the post-season.  Dodgers, Rockies, Phillies, Cardinals, Red Sox, Yankees, and Angels fans can rest easy today (not so much Twins or Tigers fans, eh?) while the rest of the MLB fans get to stew in their sadness knowing after the last out is made that they’re done until next February (or April – depending on when they start following the team).  Even so, I’m a little sad.  During the regular season, my television is on baseball – not just Red Sox baseball either – more than anything else.  Many is the night I go to sleep to the sounds of Vin Scully calling a Dodgers game.  (I’m not a Dodgers fan.  I enjoy watching them lose.  But the Dodgers games are usually on when I should be sleeping and Mr Scully’s calling of a game is like a lullaby.)

I’m not ashamed to admit, I always feel a little lost during the first few weeks without baseball.  The post-season helps but eventually ends as well.  After a week or two, I fall into another pattern and I’m good until baseball starts up again.  But this season my life is a little different.  With the end of baseball will come the end of my job.  I’ve been with the same company for 11 years and the end of that era coming with the end of MLB is an awful lot of piling on for this chickie.  So this is me apologizing in advance for however all of this affects the blog.

In case, like me, you sometimes need to put things in perspective, Jessica Camerato has a heart-breaking story about Alex Gonzalez’ son over at  Jessica is one of my favorite sports writers and she really does this story justice.  I have a friend who, when hearing we got AGon back, remarked “Now I really hope they win the World Series”.  Many of us thought he deserved it in 2006…and now he has another chance.  I’d like to think he was sent back to Boston for a reason and though the World Series is definitely a blip in his life compared to his son, I want it for AGon too.

Another friend is in the middle of research for a project and could use some help.  He’s looking for “…baseball players with who had interesting off-field events happen to them while they were in the minors. Events such as overcoming a death of a loved one, addiction, off season jobs, interesting route’s to the big leagues, jail, etc.”  So if you have a story to share please Email Jeff and let him know.

I’ll be enjoying my time at Fenway today but I admit I’ll be compelled to continue checking the scores of both the Twins/Royals and Tigers/White Sox games.  Don’t get me wrong…I’m happy that the Sox aren’t embroiled in this kind of drama this year but how exciting for fans of the AL Central!!

Nice to see the younger guys making their own little marks Saturday night.  Dusty Brown with his first major league hit, which happens to be a home run.  Pretty damn cool for Dusty.  I’m hoping for another win today but I’ll settle for a good game.  My feelings of sadness for the end of the season are mixed with my feelings of excitement for the post-season to begin next week.  So today will definitely be an emotional day.

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