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Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

October 31, 2013

Baseball has never been one of my favorite sports. I once said I’d rather listen to golf being broadcast on the radio than watch a baseball game. Shame on me! It’s time to eat my words.

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Fenway Park

Starting with the first game of the World Series, I was glued to the television. My husband was in shock. As he put it, “You haven’t watched this much baseball in your entire life!” This is true, but when it comes to the Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park, The Green Monster, and “Sweet Caroline”, you have to be a fan — especially if you happened to have lived in Massachusetts during your lifetime.

Boston supports their teams — good, bad, or other. One fan has been coming to Sox games since 1953. That’s sixty years!  Loyal fans are everywhere you look, but you may have to look twice because beards, scruffy-looking or not, are the in-thing in Boston these days!

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May Way for the Red Sox by Day and by Night

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George Washington Fighting a Red Sox Victory by Day and by Night

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As a current resident of Wisconsin, I committed a mortal sin last Sunday by choosing to watch the Red Sox game over the Green Bay Packer game! (A Sam Adams and some squeaky cheese curds can do wonders to ease the guilt.) Who knew baseball could make me jump out of my chair, shout at the television, mumble swear words, and make me a crazed woman.

At the end of last night’s game, I was convinced God was a Red Sox fan. I saw Him hovering above Fenway Park, sporting a beard and cheering as only a Boston fan can cheer. It took ninety-five years to win a series at Fenway, and now they’re back!

Boston is Boston Strong, and I am Boston Proud for the city, its people, and its team! Congratulations!

Massachusetts State House

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Boston Strong Always

A Red Sox Read for the Young Fans:

No Easy Way: The Story of Ted Williams and the Last .004 Season written by Fred Bowen and illustrated by Chuck Pyle (Dutton, 2010)

A Red Sox Read for the Older Fans:

The Kid:  The Immortal Life of Ted Williams written by Ben Bradlee (Little, Brown and Company, Coming in December 2013)

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Bruins Fans Quack Me Up

June 14, 2011

“Ice hockey is a form of disorderly conduct in which the score is kept.” ─ Doug Larson

I readily admit I’m not passionate about sports – especially baseball. But I do take a moment every day to glance at the sports page so I can pretend I know what’s going on.  

What I am passionate about is children’s books. Robert McCloskey’s Make Way for Ducklings stole my heart the first time I read it.

So when Mrs. Mallard, Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack were seen in Boston Public Garden donned in Boston Bruins gear to support the hometown team in the Stanley Cup Finals, I took notice.

And when George Washington was spotted in the streets of Boston wearing a Bruins jersey, that’s history!

I realized it was time for me to reevaluate my thinking about sports. Tomorrow night I’ll have my television tuned into the Bruins/Canucks Stanley Cup Final. I’ll probably be asking a lot of questions, but, who knows, I may find that I have a “Nack” for understanding the game of hockey!

Go Bruins!

Here are two books I’m going to check out:  Hat Trick Counts:  A Hockey Number Book by Matt Napier and illustrated by Melanie Rose (Sleeping Bear Press, 2005), Z is for Zamboni:  A Hockey Alphabet by Matt Napier and illustrated by Melanie Rose (Sleeping Bear Press, 2002)


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