Today is the day set aside for us Americans to give thanks to whomever or whatever we feel thankful to for our bounty. For those of us with a special interest in baseball and the Red Sox, it is also an appropriate time to ignore the negativity that manages to infuse itself into our game and our team and instead focus on the good stuff.
In that spirit, here are a few of the many things I am thankful for today.
- I am thankful that Theo and the Trio won the Daisuke Matsuzaka sweepstakes...
- ...and that they enjoyed an early Thanksgiving dinner with the Japanese phenom.
- I am thankful for our other young major league pitchers, like Jonathan Papelbon and Josh Beckett.
- Speaking of young pitchers, I am thankful that Jon Lester has lots of support as he battles cancer, and that he has access to excellent health care and the means to obtain it.
- I am thankful that Derek Jeter didn't win the AL MVP...
- ...and that haughty New Yorkers are apoplectic about it.
- But more than that, I am thankful to have more intelligence than the 27 baseball writers who didn't give David Ortiz as much as a second place vote, especially the one who didn't give him any vote at all.
- I am thankful, and will be ever so, for the 2004 Red Sox, who made generations smile.
- I am thankful for a job that provides enough income to allow me enjoyment of several Red Sox games every year.
- I am thankful to be in the midst of planning my fifth annual spring training vacation.
- I am thankful to our loyal readers.
- I am thankful for my sistahs.