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Monday, October 21, 2013

B Strong, Boston - Be Strong and win the World Series!


I adore Stephen King.

But, as an Angels fan, I abhor the Boston Red Sox :)

With a *passion!*

However, I really liked the book King co-authored with Stewart O'Nan.

Called FAITHFUL, it's a great read for (general) baseball fans who want to know about the 2004 Boston Red Sox season that ended up with a World Series win.

Of course, if you're a Red Sox fan, this is a must buy.

I have to give it to the two authors: King and O'Nan absolutely nailed it when they picked 2004 as the year to write about.

It had only been 86 years since the Red Sox last won the World Series... who could have known :)


Just so we're clear, I am soooo not a fan of the Red Sox.

The only time I ever went to Fenway Park was May 5, 2011.

*hee hee*

My beloved LA Angels whupped the BoSox 11-0 and it was nearly - *nearly* - embarrassing to wear my #15 SALMON jersey.

(Can I chuck a yuk! yuk! in here:)

However, all joking aside, I am hoping, praying and aBsolutely willing the Red Sox to win the World Series this coming week.

And, it's got nothing to do with beating their opponents, the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Cards are a fantastic team and they deserve to win (they beat the LA Dodgers:) but I hope they won't - this year.


This Boston Strong tribute >> video << which I've had above my profile since the end of April (where it will remain until Patriot's Day, 2014,) tells the story from inside Fenway Park and its fans. It's amazing... especially as...

...I'm not a Marine.

...I'm not a Sailor, Airman, Army grunt or Coastie.

I am, however, a silly, stupid-why-am-I-doing-this (again) runner...

... and Boston has always been - and always will be - my "holy grail" of marathons.

This year, I'll complete Honolulu for my tenth and final marathon, so my heart and T-shirt will be all about Boston.

 I am so happy the World Series is coming back to Boston...

...Let the roars of a united city sound loud.

Be Strong, Boston.

B Strong.

And don't for a single moment think you are EVER alone...


Charmaine Clancy said...

Lovely post - very inspiring, I may even go for a run ... or at least a brisk walk.

Anonymous said...

Great post, I don't know about Baseball but know quite a bit a Soccer as my youngest son was a pro. until injured out of the game.

Found your post interesting to read on this wet and windy Monday morning here in the UK.


M.J. Fifield said...

I love your post (However, I'm only a runner in my mind.) and I too hope Boston wins the World Series.

Of course, I'm also a huge Red Sox fan. Faithful is a great book for Red Sox fans.

And hey, my one and only trip (so far) to Fenway was in 2011. But much later in the season.

Tony Laplume said...

King and O'Nan ended up being at the same crossroads of history as the filmmakers behind Fever Pitch that year. Neither expected a World Series win. Totally changed everything about both projects.

I respect how you're supporting the Red Sox, proud that you haven't forgotten the events of the Boston Marathon. You may not be a fan, but you're starting to understand how they're made.

In other words, you will be. ;)

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I am rooting for Boston as well. Not only because of the Marathon Tragedy but also because I am a Cincinnati Red's fan who dislikes the Cardinals :)

Elise Fallson said...

I can't say I'm a baseball fan but I am a runner and hope Boston wins this. One day I'll run a marathon...one day.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Well said, Mark. Run with honor in December.

Martin Willoughby said...

Have a great run.

None of us should ever forget the victims of terrorism, or those who've died to prevent it. I wish you well.

David P. King said...

You know, it wasn't until The Boy started to get interested in baseball when I started paying attention to it, and I was surprised by how much I know about it after all these years. Must be the Dodger games my dad took me too as a kid. :)

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Love this post. Have fun with the the marathon. Maybe one day I'll do one too.

Samantha May said...

I'm a Yankees fan so I cannot, in all good conscience, cheer for the Red Socks. I will, however, secretly hope that they win :D

LD Masterson said...

As a life long BoSox fan, what can I say? Have a great run and GO SOX!!!

Yolanda Renée said...

Wow, ten marathons! AWESOME!

Cheering you on too!

Meradeth Houston said...

Wait, it's the world series this weekend? Yep, I'm clueless, lol! Great post though. And best of luck on your marathon!

Emily R. King said...

Wonderful post, Mark! You've captured the camaraderie of MLB beautifully!

Unknown said...

You are so right- Boston needs to win this one!

Unknown said...

Does seem fitting that the Sox would make the series this year, doesn't it?

But I feel your pain. I'm a Dodgers fan *ducks*, and it was painful watching the St. Louis series. -_-

Libby said...

It's weird, I'm not a baseball fan but I watched that world series because of Boston. To date, it's the only one I've seen.

Misha Gerrick said...

You know, that's a pretty good reason to support the Red Sox. Would be good for the city, I think.

Melissa said...

Great post, Mark.

mshatch said...

I'm listening to game one right now - 4 zip Sox :)

klahanie said...


Time for me to step up to the plate.

I've had a varied life and when I was a teenager living in Vancouver, I used to go to minor league baseball games at Capilano Stadium. My buddies and I would get there early and talk to the players as they warmed up for the game. We had many a fun conversation with the players. I remember this one dude who had noted how small the crowds were. In his finest southern drawl, he said, "What y'all been doin' scarin' all them folks away?" Another player asked us, "Hey guys, where do all the chicks hang out?" Of course, being fifteen and being 'men of action', we told him about all the hot spots where you could like pick up 'chicks'. He told us he would check out those places after the game in his "pick up truck."
And the player who wanted to know where to find the ladies started bragging about how great a game he was going to have. And a great game he had. That was the good news. The bad news was that he played for the opposing team named the Spokane Indians. And the name of that player? Bobby Valentine, who was the manager of the Boston Red Sox.

And as your heart is filled with the thoughts of that day of the Boston marathon, the solidarity you feel will inspire.

Thank you for an emotive post, my friend.


Anonymous said...

Hi Mark! Being born and raised in the Bronx, I've always been a Yankee fan since childhood. I'm sure you know that rivalry! I have family that resides in MA and we used to have debates every season back in the day! :) I will proudly go on the record this year by saying that I hope the Boston Red Sox do win the Series. There, I said it! :)

Sheri L. Swift, Author said...

I'm not much of a baseball fan (husband is), but as an American, I can't help but have a little bit of Boston in my heart and am glad they have achieved this success and hope they win! ;)

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