This was an amazing season. I attended my last home game in August with Andrew, Kaitlyn and Amy just before moving back to Portland. It was a magical night with the first pitch being tossed by new Celtic Kevin Garnett. Little did we know that it was just the beginning of an amazing three month stretch of highs and lows.
It wouldn’t have been the Red Sox without a couple scares – first from the Yankees as they nearly caught up with our regular season record and then from the Indians when we were down 3-1 in the ALCS and had to win three games in a row to make it to the World Series. But with players like personal favorites Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia, Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell it now seems destined that we would win baseball’s biggest prize just three years after the groundbreaking 2004 season.
It was hard being thousands of miles away from the heart of Red Sox Nation, but I found my own little outpost here in Portland. A few die hard Sox fans even renamed Portland to “Boston, Oregon” for the Series in honor of current Red Sox player Jacoby Ellsbury and former Red Sox legend Johnny Pesky who are both from Oregon, of legend Bobby Doerr who lives here now so he can flyfish along the Rogue River, and the fact that Portland was almost named Boston (in 1845 the town was named Portland after Maine native Francis Pettygrove won a coin toss against Boston native Asa Lovejoy).
I have to agree with Jonathan Papelbon who referred to this year’s team as the bedazzlers – it was a bedazzling season for sure! Go Sox! (photo – Boston Globe)