It is no secret to readers of The White Rhino Report that the Boston Red Sox have been an important part of my life since I was a toddler. This season has been one of great joy and excitement for those of us who call ourselves citizens of Red Sox Nation. This post season, in particular, has offered a banquet of emotions for those following the vicissitudes of the team that calls
American League Division Series – Opponent,
Game #2 at
It was an instant classic game. The game lasted for 4 hours and 5 minutes, and was witnessed by the largest crowd in
I was accompanied at this game by my good friend, Dr. Phil Anderson. He had come up from
Game #3 at
When I learned that the Red Sox would be facing the Angels in the ALDS, my first thought was: “Is there any way there could be seats available on JetBlue to the West Coast that would allow me to use my free round trip that is about to expire?” Much to my surprise, the answer was “Yes!” So, I booked a flight to
Six of us made the trip up I-5 from
The game was taut and tense through the first seven innings. David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez combined for back-to-back homeruns in the 4th inning off of Jared Weaver, who was locked with Curt Schilling in a game that featured excellent starting pitching. Schilling ended up pitching seven shutout innings. The issue was decided emphatically when the Red Sox scored 7 runs in the 8th inning. They cruised to a 9-1 victory, and secured the elimination of the Angels from the playoffs. They had bought themselves a ticket to the American League Championship Series, and it was time to celebrate on foreign turf.
On September 17, I published an article in this Blog about Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox impressive rookie outfielder.
Partly as a result of that Blog article, I had an opportunity to meet several members of Ellsbury’s extended family at
Knowing of my interest in languages, Jacoby’s aunt had taught me the Navajo phrase used for greeting, so when Jacoby emerged from the club house to meet with family, I was able to shake his hand and greet him with: “Ya'at'eeh”! He seemed pleasantly surprised. We had a chance to congratulate Red Sox manager, Terry Francona, Kevin Youklis, 1st base coach, Luis Alicea and several other members of the Red Sox. After about 20 minutes of conversation and picture taking, we left the family room and the stadium, and returned to the National Sports Café with the four members of the Ellsbury in tow. We basked in the afterglow of the Red Sox victory over a very satisfying meal of
To be continued . . .
Watch for Part II tomorrow!