That’s when I started to sing
I said death brings life into uncertain things,
Classroom's not for me
Sun setting autumn breeze
Sound is moving like a chorus
Keep hearing that melody,
Check the radio but theres nothing playing,
Check the radio again but theres nothing playing.
All my friends live in Brookline. It's true. Even the Fitchburg crew has now consolidated into Brookline. Anyone who doesn't live in Brookline lives in Somerville. Anyone who doesn't live in Somerville lives in Cambridge. I spend a lot of time in Boston nowadays, is what I'm saying.
The best way to get to my distant, faraway home from Brookline after a visit with one of my friends is to take Beacon St. all the way east through Kenmore Square, and from there get on Storrow Drive, to Route 93, to 495 and home.
This route takes me into Kenmore where there is probably the best view of the Citgo sign. Last night I hit a red light right next to the Uno's, and so had a moment or two to sit and look up at it blinking into the night.
And all of a sudden, right then, it just hit me, all at once--memories of 2004 came rushing back, and not just memories, but that feeling, the whole chest-filling, breath-hitching, bittersweet victory and redemption of that place and time.
How many times can you look back and just say, Wow. That was just...it was just so great, wasn't it?
I hope it's an infinite number.
The victory, I realized then, wasn't just on the field at Busch Stadium on October 27, 2004. It wasn't just at the parade a few days later. It didn't end with the ring ceremony on Opening Day, 2005. The victory happens, over and over again--it happens on November 16, 2006, too, and some random day in 2007, and 2010, and 2030.
Even if we add more titles, there will never be anything like those magical weeks in 2004, and those, they last forever. That's one of the spoils of victory, too. The memories you have to look back on and sigh at, some random moment mid-winter; those aftershocks of triumph just now reaching you, like the light of some distant, immortal star.