Last night I was reading through my archives, as I do from time to time, and I went back to some old posts and found myself--as I am more often than not--amused at some of the things I wrote in hindsight. Like anything from the 2004 regular season, in fact, especially before August, given what we all know eventually happened. Some things are eerily prophetic. Some are just laughable. But it's not always I feel chagrin about something I wrote just the day after I posted it.
Today, though, I see that my meekly made observation about Kyle Snyder looking like the Ghost of Bronson Arroyo yesterday is humorous in its timidity today, after I've heard it echoed in virtually every Red-Sox related conversation or posting. It appears to be unanimous that Kyle Snyder is Bronson Arroyo II; I shouldn't have hedged by bets with the "in my opinion" caveat after all.
Meanwhile, there also seems to be unanimity in the general glow of good feeling today after another win last night. The best quote I saw was (as is often the case) on Soxaholix:
Yeah, everyday I'm looking at anothah fresh new face, anothah peach fuzzed AAA kid. I totally feel like a MySpace perv.
Who knows if, come the end of the season, our optimism this week will look silly--or if it will seem, like my Bronson Arroyo observation, laughably timid.
Meanwhile, I can't help but be tickled by the sound bites I heard from Snyder after the ballgame yesterday:
"I started shaking a little bit. It wasn't what I anticipated, obviously, but under the circumstances it was one of the best feelings I've ever had," Snyder said..."Jason Varitek behind the plate -- I can't say enough about his ability to discover my strengths and call the game that he called." (MLB.com)
“It’s a lot nicer walking out of this dugout than the other one...I didn’t expect to be claimed off waivers. I don’t expect anything now. I’m just grateful for the opportunity I was presented with here...Where it goes from here, we’ll see. But I am going to do all I can to help this ballclub win.” (Herald)
In other words, to paraphrase an interpretation my fiancee made of similarly wide-eyed quotes from Orlando Cabrera in 2004, "Are you kidding me? I used to play for the Royals. I used to play for the fucking Royals."