Happiness is…

Youth is NOT being wasted on the young this September! (Photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor/sittingstill.smugmug.com and used with permission)

Youth is NOT being wasted on the young this September! From left to right: Daniel Nava, Ryan Kalish, Lars Anderson. (Photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor/sittingstill.smugmug.com and used with permission)

I hate waiting.  Usually, during the baseball season, I hate waiting for a night game on the day after a Red Sox loss.  Especially on the weekend.  It gives the local writers (and fans who post online) way too much time to focus on the negative.  I enjoy the Sox jumping back up and getting right into another game.

Today I hate waiting because I’m genuinely excited for another game.  I want the Red Sox to wake up, go to the park, and kick more Yankee butt as soon as possible.  I don’t want the lag time of an entire Sunday to go by.  I want them to play now, now, NOW!

Yesterday was Red Sox Nirvana.  A dominating pitching performance.  The offense taking advantage of the young pitcher.  All of it happening against the Yankees and on national television.  Some dreams do come true.

I was watching the game with my folks.  Something I don’t do as often as I’d like.  And, regardless of the standings, it was fun.  We were yelling and cheering and excited about what was going on.  When Daniel Nava threw out Austin Kearns at home in the sixth inning, my father (ever the skeptic) decided that “Theo doesn’t have to do all that much in the off-season”.  Yes, these last few weeks of getting to watch the Triple A guys play has given my father a whole new appreciation of our farm system and, most of all, it’s given him hope.  Hope for the future of this team.  Also, in our family (as in the families of many Red Sox fans), any day the Yankees lose, especially at the hands of the Red Sox, is a good day.

Tonight we have another opportunity for a good day tomorrow.  Tonight Daisuke takes the mound in the Bronx and gives the Sox to not only sweep at Yankee Stadium, but to hand the Yankees their fifth loss in a row.  The Rays have won these last two nights, bringing the Yankees to a game and a half out of first place.  I’m at peace with whatever happens to the Red Sox from here on out…but seeing the Yankees suffer, even if it’s only a little, brings that peace a lot more quickly.

Even if I have to suffer through Joe Morgan and Jon Miller, 8pm can’t come soon enough.

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