Friday, October 27, 2006

We Know Where We Were


There are those dates in history where people will ask you where you were when it happened and you instantly know the answer without hesitation. Today is a day that all Red Sox fans know where they were and how they reacted.

This is a day that actually changed my existence as a baseball fan forever. I thought maybe it was temporary, but after two years I can honestly say that having the Red Sox actually win the World Series on October 27, 2004 really did change my life. I'm sure that may sound ridiculous for those that aren't diehard Red Sox fans but I'm sure some of you understand.

I had planned to have people over during the weekend to watch the World Series, as I never even considered the possibility that the Red Sox could actually sweep the series and it would be over by Wednesday. My husband and I were together in our living room in awe of what we were seeing. Not only was the moon outside now red but the Red Sox were about to finally win the World Series in our lifetime. As the final out was made I was completely overwhelmed with emotion and suddenly began to sob. I wasn't crying quietly I was uncontrollably sobbing. All I could think of was how happy my mother would have been to have experienced the joy of winning. I felt like she was somehow there with us, along with my father and his father. Generations of Red Sox fans alive and dead all sharing the moment of victory together.

I now can watch my Red Sox and not have that deprived feeling. I'm not desperate any longer when the season begins. I'm joyous that baseball is finally here again and hopeful for a good season.

I can just think about that moment in 2004 when the Red Sox finally became the World Champions and I feel happy and at peace. I cherish my memories of that very special team and I'm appreciative that I lived to see it.

14 comments:

Beazer said...

Great post, Cruiser!

I can't believe it has been two years. I still have the same EXACT feeling when I think about it now that I did that night.

As a matter of fact, I'm smiling just typing this. :-)

Emmie said...

Awesome post, and an awesome pic! I still get giddy just thinking about the whole series.

Emmie

Soxcruiser said...

Thanks for the compliment Emmie. It was strange to see the Cardinals win it tonight, of all nights. I have to say I hated the music they played in that stadium but I loved the fireworks display at the end. Congratulations to St. Louis.

Tex said...

I'm alittle late posting for this. I have been in Dallas all week working. Watching this series really just bummed me out. Then on our anniversary date of our win for the Cards to take it...really stung deep and hard.

But yes I remember exactly where and what I was doing that night. I was deep in the heart of Texas (as I should be) with friends who knew I needed to watch this game with others. I was at The Copper Tank bar with some other Red Sox fans who I met that night. I recall the HR that he who I won't name hit into the Card's bullpen...jumping up out of my seat yelling "It's Destiny! we gonna win" I sat quickly back down, swearing not to jinx it. The closer it got, the harder I was breathing and holding on to the barstool. sometime during the 8th inning I leaned over to my new found Red Sox buddy and said, " I don't want it to end...I mean I want this feeling to go on and on..." He smiled...and shook his head. The rest of the game is a blur to me...except for that last out Foulke threw to Minky and then Foulke lifting up Tek in the air! ok I got alittle distracted from that scene. All I knew was I was hugging people I didn't know...and screaming...and crying...
Within minutes my friends and I headed out the door to hit 6th street...we passed a bar where a guy was singing taking requests....I turned and walked in..my friends followed me...these are my friends who are not Red Sox fans...they were MY friends supporting me. I wrote down my request...and waited....
when Neil Diamond's words were being sung...all of a sudden I saw a swarm of people with Red Sox gear rush in....we locked eyes...and all hugged and began singing together..THAT is what I recall of October 27, 2004.

Soxcruiser said...

It's the best memory isn't Tex? One that will last us our entire life. I'm not saying here that I don't want the Red Sox to win it again but it can never be as special as the win in 2004. Thanks for sharing.

Michael Leggett said...

This memory will carry us over this fall & winter:

It's both Joyous & Glorious.

Beazer said...

The artist for this picture you used, Cruiser, is the same artist who did the painting in my office, Opie Otterstad. :-)

Tex said...

and just so you know the Mass-Texas connection continues even here......Opie is from Round Rock, Texas!! :) that's right up the road from Austin

The Triumphant Red Sox Fan said...

Tex, you need to get your Texas ass logged in and make your virgin post (comments don't count)!

Soxcruiser said...

Beazer,

I knew it was the same artist that painted the mural in your office. I love the way the blue in the picture matches the background of the site. I found many pictures that are more recognizeable but the memory isn't about one moment in a photograph. It is much bigger than that. The memory is the entire team and not a moment that captures only a select few. The painting seems to better represent the realization of the moment, than the exactness of a photograph.

Thanks for bringing these paintings to my attention. They make me happy.

Tex said...

ok KellyJ....I promise to make my first virgin post within the next week...hmmmmmmmm topics???? Like a Virgin... :)

Tex said...

I just thought maybe ya would enjoy reading this article written after the WS in 2004....please note the next to last paragraph about the lunar eclipse...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A4140-2004Oct27.html

OpieO said...

thanks for the positive words about the artwork. Of the WS paintings I've done, the Sox is closest to my heart. My son Tristram is named after the first HOFer from Texas, Red Sox great Tris Speaker. My relationship with that club and that year will always bring a smile to my face. Go Sox.

Tex said...

WOOOOOOOOT!!! an appearance from the Artiste himself!!! Another Texan on the board!!