Opening Day 2013 posted by Greg Cunningham
I think the Grateful Dead may have put it best: “What a long, strange trip it’s been.”
The great hope and a 2012 team full of what many called “An All Star Roster” quickly morphed into the team we loved to hate. The Sox lost a game? The starting pitcher blamed his golf game. The manager made some comment about a player to the media? Such a comment about the manager was returned in kind. The 2012 Boston Red Sox seemed to epitomize everything wrong with professional sports today: highly paid men playing a game meant to be played by children.
But it was Geoffrey Chaucer, who wrote about the birth of Spring long before baseball was even envisioned as a game:
When April with his showers sweet with fruit
The drought of March has pierced unto the root
…(So Nature pricks them on to ramp and rage)-
Then do folk long to go on pilgrimage,
Pilgrimages to Fenway Park certainly were not what Chaucer had in mind. But like salmon returning upstream to start the process of life anew, Red Sox Nation returns to Fenway Park to breathe new life into the stadium.
Players and coaches will tell you they would much rather play as an underdog and not as the favorite. Underdogs are easier to motivate; favorites can be too sure of themselves. If this is the case, the 2013 Boston Red Sox must be in the best place they have ever been to begin the season. Not one Boston Sports Writer picked the team to win the division this year, and only one picked the team to win a wild card spot. “Underdogs” is an understatement. And this year, they seem fine with that.Continue reading "Opening Day 2013"