Allright, two days. That seems like enough time. Right? To celebrate that whole, you know, Super Bowl thing. But now Peyton's at the Pro Bowl and Tommy's at Pebble Beach, and we all know what that means. Theo Epstein, a Nation turns its lonely eyes to you.
"Many...predicted that the tremendous enthusiasm created by the Patriots will carry over into the baseball season," the Globe reported today, and considering it also reported that Patriots fans had filed out of Reliant Stadium last Sunday chanting "Let's go, Red Sox--" yeah. You could probably say that.
As another dual fan (we're a special and schizophrenic breed, aren't we?) pointed out in the same article, however, there's no word on whether or not Belichik will pull double duty as Red Sox Manager.
Who is this Francona guy, anyway?
So this is how I find myself here on a sunny, icy Saturday morning, just two days after deciding to take a break from sports, watching the little timer on the RedSox.com Virtual Waiting room tick down to zero and reset itself again (for a solid hour now) and dialing and redialing the 800-number for the box office at Fenway, which is obviously a lost cause because I'm competing with the numbskulls who slept outside last night in the ice storm just to try to score Monster Seats. Not that I want Monster seats, anyway. I'm not that greedy (I'd settle for bleacher seats for a Yankees game so I can heckle Jeff Nelson in the bullpen). Personally I think people should have to compete for Monster Seats. They should be awarded as an honor to the most demonstrably avid fans, not just whoever's lucky and/or rich enough.
But anyway. Lost cause though this may be, well, I'm a Red Sox fan, so that obviously doesn't faze me too much. Eventually I know I'll get tickets, and that's probably pretty good, since Andy and I just recently finally made it through highlights of Game 7 (it should be noted that there was hand-holding involved, as well as mutual talking down from ledges, in the process). Yep. Let the healing begin.
In other news of futility, I saw an article today on RedSox.com, and you know what the headline was? "(Pitching) Rotation a Reason for Optimism." The Spring Training Fan Guide was also eager to point out that every major league team that has trained in Lee County, where the Sox are holding camp this spring, has gone on to win the World Series.
In other words, This is The Year. As usual.