Forget Japan, forget fatigue, forget the not-so-elite 3-4 record. And forget the fact that today’s opponent (our own predicted 2008 champion – oof) is in dire need of a win. This afternoon’s festivities, while they include an on-the-field contest, are more about the off-the-field celebrations of last season’s glorious championship. Remember that.
Today the Red Sox open up at a refreshed, rested, and newly renovated Fenway Park, and the team, absent a few of last year’s participants, will be collecting their championship jewelry. It’s a second celebration in just four years, and that fact is a testament to the way in which this new ownership group and front office has changed our Olde Towne Team. No longer underdogs, but honest-to-god champions and frontrunners, a team that comes through. The players will certainly enjoy this moment, but it would behoove us fans to really soak it in. There is, of course, no telling when today will happen again. As both YFs and SFs know, no matter the effort, no matter the spending, no matter the Hall-of-Fame players that occupy your chosen squad, winning a championship is a rare occurrence to which none of the previously mentioned criteria give any entitlement. We should enjoy days like today for their quality and for their rarity.
So use this as your game thread for this afternoon’s action pre-game and in-game. And remember: It will be a great day at Fenway, win or lose.