25 years on, and all that

Yes, its funny to think, it was 25 years ago that I first saw Fenway Park, my first ever sighting of a Baseball stadium. No, I was nowhere near the stadium, I saw it from a viewing floor, in some downtown tower in Boston. Just a set of lights in the distance, and a name on the display, where we were standing and looking out. Yes, me and a female partner, shocking stuff, not! Might have been more controversial back then though, lol!

Didnt think any more of it at the time, it was just a landmark, lit up in the darkness of a September evening in Boston. Hey, I didnt know anything about baseball back then, lets face it. The only US ‘big 4’ sport that had crossed the Atlantic by then was NFL. Mind, back then, there were a ‘few’ less TV stations than there are now over here! 4, if I remember rightly, and that was it!

15 years on, I got my first sighting of Baseball on TV, long before the digital TV explosion over here, and currently leading to a good number of matches being covered over here each season.

The one connection, a match at Fenway. Back then, in September 1988, I saw a stadium in the distance, where the Red Sox were beating the Orioles. Yes, its amazing what you can work out with a calendar, and the MLB website. This week, 25 years on, I saw highlights, on a TV, in the UK, of them beating the St Louis Cardinals in the World Series.

In a year when I also returned to Rochester, another city visited on that first trip to the US in 1988, its a nice way of turning full circle. Mind, I wouldnt have spent time on the internet back then, thats for sure!

One of the highlights of the World Series, from the MVP, that great guy named David Ortiz, also known as Big Papi

The bad beard club

Though officially they are known as the Boston Red Sox, they could certainly merit the other name at present, some of those beards (alright, probably all of them) are a pretty shocking sight! I guess its a team spirit thing, but please, get rid of them at the end of the season, hopefully the end of the World Series!

Yes, its baseball time again.

Having cruised past Tampa Bay, in what I will call the quarter finals (they have some trendy name, but in reality, thats what they are) pretty easily, but then the might of Detroit rolled into town. The first match summed up the strength of the pitching staff, 1-0 to Detroit. Just for information, on the same night, St Louis won 1-0 in their semi final too!

Second match of 7, going into the bottom of the 8th, and Detroit are winning 5-1, bit of a black hole for Boston. They managed to get runners on all 3 bases by various means, but also used up 2 of their 3 outs in doing so. Up steps David Ortiz, aka Big Papi, and just as the commentators are saying that he’s never got a home run off this pitcher, you’ve guessed it, first pitch gets smashed out of Fenway, and the scores are tied. Boston win in the 9th, but thats a side issue.

The entertainment here is in the little matters. Hunter makes a valiant effort to stop the ball leaving the park, and goes tumbling into the Boston bullpen as a result. The policeman there on duty, doesnt even notice, he’s too busy celebrating! All captured in this wonderful video.

I know, I know, I’m a Mariners fan! Yes, but Boston, and Kansas sit pretty high in my heart too. Oh, and I suspect that at some point Kate mind controlled me into becoming a Red Sox fan anyway, I just wish I’d known she was doing it lol! No, however hard she tries, supporting the Patriots is just one step too far though!

Enjoy the moment, enjoy the policeman’s celebrations even more!