Here comes the jackpot question in advance

How could I NOT use a photo of Kyle for my final entry of the year?  (Original photo taken by Donna Ellis - photo of the autographed version courtesy of Kelly O'Connor)

How could I NOT use a photo of Kyle for my final entry of the year? Here's wishing good things for Kyle in 2010! (Original photo taken by Donna Ellis - photo of the autographed version courtesy of Kelly O'Connor)

I’m looking forward to the New Year.  I have no real reason to be optimistic..hell, last year I was REALLY looking forward to 2009 and not one thing went the way I expected it to and some went even worse than I could have imagined.  But I’m a big believer in clean slates and all that – so here’s to a wonderful 2010 for all of us!

For the most part, mine will start off – in all places – at Fenway!  No, I won’t be going to the Winter Classic – but I’ll be there on Saturday at the Legends game.  There was a time when I was very into hockey but that time has been gone for about a decade so going to see Bruins legends is perfect for me.  What I’m kind of hoping for is to be standing in Fenway Park while it is snowing.  Anything else that happens will be gravy.  I won’t lie.  The chances of my staying for the entire game are slim.  The tickets were a gift to me from someone who thought I’d think it was ‘cool’ to go see a hockey game at Fenway.  He was right.  But he also understood that I’d be going more for the experience and less for the hockey game so it’s all good.

The end of 2009 sees us saying goodbye to Jason Bay.  While I can’t wrap my mind around $66 million – I guess I can understand going for $6 million more than the Red Sox were offering.  Although, to my money-challenged life, an extra 6 million when you already are getting sixty million really makes no sense to me unless you really just don’t care where you play as long as you get the money.  Which seems to be where JayBay is.  I have no hard feelings, he did what I expected him to do, I guess I’m just a bit disappointed.  But he had no ties here so I don’t think anyone expected him to take any kind of ‘discount’.  I will say that I think it worked out well for both sides.  Bay got to be showcased in Boston so he COULD make his big payday (think anyone would throw him $66 million straight out of Pittsburgh?  Okay,  maybe the Mets would have still!) and while he was here he played well for the Red Sox.  Goodbye, good luck and I hope if he steps foot in Fenway again he gets a nice ovation and then goes 0-4 with three errors.

I like to party but I prefer to do it at home on New Year’s Eve.  The idea of all those people out there drinking and partying and then driving turns me into a nervous old lady.  So if you’re going out tonight, please try to be safe.  I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year’s Eve and that the new year brings nothing but good things to you all!

We’re just over a month away from Truck Day, folks!  We only need to hold on a little longer!

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