Friday night when my friends said “Wait, the night isn’t over! Â Kelly wants to give you your birthday present before we leave!” , the last thing I expected to be extracted from her trunk was a six foot long, heavyweight poster of Kyle Snyder from his first season in Boston. Â And when I say Â “heavyweight”, I’m not kidding. Â This thing is, essentially, a giant tarp with a photo of Kyle on it. Â There was a time when it hung in a shadow box above the Yawkey Way store (an example here, for those not familiar with the display), alerting us that Kyle would be pitching that night. Â But a few weeks ago it sat in Fenway at the bottom of a pile of ex-Red Sox players waiting for someone to come along and claim it.
It was my good fortune that there was someone there who claimed it just for me. Â Kelly O’Connor is not just an amazing photographer and one of the smartest people I know (and not just about baseball), but she’s a dear friend who knows me much too well. Â It was also, as far as I can recall, the first time in my life that I was so pleasantly surprised by something. Â It’s tough to surprise me. Â I have great instincts and can usually guess gifts and such quite easily, even though I never betray that to the gift-giver. Â Not so this time. Â Not at all. Â My friends who were there on Friday can attest to the fact that I, the one who never seems to shut up, was speechless. Â Hell, just typing this entry I’m smiling ear to ear.
I’m just, still, so genuinely touched (and tickled) to have been given this present. Â The photo above doesn’t do it justice (I took the photo after spreading it across my bed and this photo doesn’t even capture the entire poster). Â Once I put it up (after I figure out just where the hell to put it!), I’ll take another photo which will, hopefully, give you a better idea of how enormous it is.
Seriously, though, how cool is this?
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