Monday, December 06, 2004

Red Sox Nation on the Cover of SI

If you have not already had a chance to read it, the cover story on the Red Sox by Tom Verducci of Sport Illustrated is not to be missed. In the December 6 edition of SI, the Red Sox are named the "Sports Illustrated Sportmen of the Year." The cover is a brilliant photomosiac designed by Massachusetts native Robert Silvers.

The article about the Sox playoff run weaves stories of birth and death into the narrative of the on-field heroics. I had to stop four times while reading the article to wipe away tears so that I could continue reading. Verducci clearly and poignantly touches the pulsebeat of Red Sox Nation.

I was in Terminal C yesterday morning at Logan Airport. Around 11:00, I noticed quite a bit of commotion at the Delta Ticket Counter, and then finally figured out what was going on . I gentleman wearing a Red Sox jacket and Red Sox cap was being processed by one of the Delta ticket agents. Surrounding him were several TSA officers and a Massachusetts State Policeman, who stood holding an item draped in a teal shroud. By the shape of the package, I had a pretty good idea I was standing two feet from the World Series Trophy. I whisphered in the ear of the police officer: "Is that what I think it is, and is it viewable." "Yes, it is what you think it is, and it is not viewable." A minute later, the officer led an entourage down the ramp, through security and to one of the Delta gates. The trophy was off somewhere to bring joy to another precinct of Red Sox nation. I guess I'll have to wait for another opportunity to hold it!

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