Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Theo's Team? No. The Red Sox Are OUR TEAM..No One Else Can Make That Claim.

Tony Massarotti of the Herald poses a question that every Red Sox fan can answer. He writes this. " Theo Epstein is back, but the uncertainty has not died as much as it has gone dormant. Officially, at least, Epstein was gone for much of this offseason. In his absence, the Red Sox were torn down and rebuilt, undergoing changes as significant as those to their 94-year-old ballpark.
So whose team is this, anyway?
Is it his? "
No, it is OURS, the Red Sox fans. Sure, the Red Sox brass get paid for making the decisions, paying the bills, and overseeing the everyday things that make the club purr like a sweet sports car's engine. And they are well compensated. But what is the toughest job? Whose hearts are on the line every time the team steps onto the hallowed ground that is Fenway Park? It is us. The Red Sox fan. Girls and boys. Men and women. All united in their love for the team from Boston. So John Henry, Larry Lucchino, Theo Epstein, Tom Warner. They are the builders who put together the team. The coaches and Terry Francona are the sculpters. They mold the individuals into a cohesive unit that can function like a winner. But it is the fans who shell out their hard earned bucks and lay their hearts on the line, vulnerable and exposed just as if the front line is looming right in front of them. And the front line is not pretty. Neither is baseball if everything does not fall into place. Win. Or else. That's the mindset. But I feel it when the players, our modern heroes, fail. But the old saying, "you can't win them all" is true in baseball, as it is in life. We, as the fans, must tread that fine line and enjoy baseball for what it is, a game loved by millions. And it will not be for a lack of trying if the Sox fall short this year. I'm optimistic. And that's good.


At 2/15/2006 2:24 PM, Anonymous Faithy said...

Reposting comment from one to another post (in part)

...That said, on to more important issues. The Orioles. The team to beat in 06.

I mean I think Tejada is the hottest ticket in the game, just that there were so many off-field distractions last year. (and a despartate need for descent pitching)

BTW: Thank God we finally got rid of the a-hole PONSOON. I could NEVER see why we treated him so high and mighty. Glad the jerk is gone.

On to the Game. . .

At 2/15/2006 3:07 PM, Anonymous Cyn said...

Man I hope "faithy" is just being funny.

Well-said, Peter.

At 2/15/2006 3:48 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Faithy is Faithy, Cyn. I love her...and she's blinded (in a good way) by the orange of the O's. Thank you both for bein' here.

At 2/15/2006 10:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok who said they'll pay me $850 bucks if A-Rod hits 850 dingers? He has 429 right now. He's 31. People forget he's only 6 homeruns behind Manny Ramirez, and Manny is almost 5 years older then him. He has more homeruns at age 30 then anyone-- including Bonds, nearly 110 ahead of bonds when bonds was 30.

OK OK I just read the comment "The Orioles are the team to beat in 06" oh my God, are you really serious? I would seriously pick the DRays over the Orioles.

At 2/15/2006 10:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

-Evilsnare Below!

At 2/16/2006 7:05 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Evil, that was Jere, and you should reread his comment again. There is something that you missed. P.S. And I'll match his offer. You do the math! Take care.

At 2/16/2006 9:43 AM, Blogger Jere said...

It's so funny when yankee fans try to do math. And read stuff. It's like I say one thing and he responds to something entirely different.

Anyway, today's (yesterday's) wordplay of the day: We better work on The o; Epstein from Welcome back, Kotter said it best: The best offense is a good defense. It's like the guy in charge of offense was in the John. Hen relocating is important on a farm, and so is player relocating in a baseball team's front office Lair. E-Lew, keynote speaker at a recent Red Sox fuction, made reference to some smart cats who were sent in to help, saying that the female and the Tom Were "nerds," and would help out with player development.

(E-Lew is Eddie Lewis. YOu don't know him.)

Faithy, get your finger out of your nose.

At 2/16/2006 11:21 AM, Blogger Jere said...

Oh wait, Tom is a male turkey, and just a type of cat. Close enough, though.

And the Faithy line is from Seinfeld.


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