Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Why You Ask?


They say diamonds are a girls’ best friend
perfect in shape, form,
brilliant color reflecting in the admirers’ eyes.
Each one different than the next;
Yet all bring the same feelings,
the same joy, the same smile

When a man steps up to the plate and
Finally says, “Play Ball!”

The one question I get asked when people find out I am a Red Sox fan and a born and raised Texan: Why? Why the Red Sox? Where’s the connection? What about the Astros or the Rangers? Where’s your loyalty to your own state’s team? So I tell them…you want to blame someone or something…blame Roger…blame Roger Clemens and blame the passion of the Red Sox Nation.
In a state where Football is God…I became a baseball fan. I am not sure if it came about when I rode my bike to the Little League ball field to watch my friends play or because of the high school ballplayers in their tight white pants. Perhaps it was because I became enthralled with the way a ball came across the plate where a wooden bat connected and whacked it hard over the pitcher and shortstop, falling short of the centerfielder, while watching the batter haul ass around the bases trying to make a triple. Maybe it was how the catcher “sits” behind the plate calling the pitches, while the runner on 1st tries to steal 2nd. Or just that I enjoyed the sound of the ‘thump’ of the ball hitting the catcher’s mitt from a fastball pitched. It really doesn’t matter because at some point in my younger life, I became an avid baseball fan.

I did follow the Astros, that is, until Roger. I attended Lamar University, a local college in Beaumont, Texas where the baseball program was as important, if not more important than the football program. (by the way, Lamar is the alma mater of Kevin Millar) Coach Jim Gilligan made it that way and still does today. Following baseball, I heard of a baseball phenom at UT, Roger Clemens. I followed Roger to the Red Sox and watched him succeed. So blame Roger…he is the reason I became a Red Sox fan. So now you ask, why didn’t you follow him to Toronto or to New York (gasp!)? Because after following Roger to Boston…I became a more avid fan of baseball but even more so…a fan of Red Sox baseball and became a part of the Red Sox Nation. How can you watch the BoSox fans and players and not get caught up into the passion of it all?
One thing I learned was Boston loves the Red Sox.
Make no mistake, I am a Texan so unlike some in the Red Sox Nation in Massachusetts, I still love Roger and follow him from afar, wishing him well even when he was playing for the enemy. So there, that is my story of how a die hard born and raised Texan gal became a Red Sox fan. And if you want to judge my loyalty or whether I'm a die hard Red Sox fan..just ask the Sistahs here, they'll tell ya.
Texan By Birth
Red Sox by Choice


The Triumphant Red Sox Fan said...

Tex e-mailed me wondering, among other things, why one paragraph came out black. I'm wondering why everything is centered. A Blogger tutoring session is upcoming. Ha ha!

But seriously, it's nice to finally have you officially here, although if I had known you were going to get all gooey about Clemens, I'd have accidentally sent your invitation to the wrong e-mail address again.

Tex said...

NOW my post was about WHY I became a Red Sox fan....ya can't hate him for that...besides it's true. When people meet me they do wonder why in the hell did I become a Red Sox fan being from Texas.

Beazer said...

Great post...well, except for all the Roger-love. :-)

Blogger is a mystery. A lot of times what it tells you an entry will look like, said entry looks NOTHING like that.

It's like a game!

The Triumphant Red Sox Fan said...

My advice is to NEVER, EVER use the "Compose" mode in Blogger. I always use "Edit HTML" and almost never have to write any actual HTML because it's set up, by default, to add paragraph and line break tabs.

This will all be part of the Triumphant Red Sox Fan personal Blogger tutorial for Tex :)

Tex said...

Ahhhhhhhhh no compose?? ok
Tutorial Blogger 101 understood. I hope to have some time this weekend to play on it. I created my own blog to play around so my next post here should be not as "colorful" and I promise well I will TRY not to include Roger in it. :)

Soxcruiser said...

Welcome to the blog our Texas sistah! I loved the first little paragraph/poem. I hadn't seen that one before and I love it. I've posted my blog here and then gone back and fixed it like twenty times until it came out like I wanted. It is easy to modify and repost them, so you could always give it a try and practice right on this entry. I think it is great that Roger brought you to Red Sox Nation and you had the good sense to stay here.

Varitekchick said...

Great post, Texy!

I totally understand about how you became a fan! I've had a lifelong love of the game myself (and was a Phillies fan as a child) and found myself living in New Hampshire when I was in my early 30's. Just being in that area, learning the history of the team, seeing that magnificant stadium, catching the fever from the lifelong fans..it truly can't be helped! MUST. BE. RED. SOX. FAN. It literally just sucked me in and I found myself rushing home to catch games. It's crazy, baby!

Anybody know how long till pitchers and catchers report? And WHEN are we going to sign Dice-K??

Tex said...

Yah Cruiser I already changed the post...took off Roger's pic I had of him...not at someone's request but it just made it easier to read. I am learning how to insert the pics WHERE I want them. NOT that easy to do for me. and yes unlike Roger...I stayed.

Thanks Kay! All I know is on March 2nd, Texas Independence Day I will be celebrating in Ft Myers !!!! Another great Reason to fly MY FLAG :)

Brenken said...

I love all the colors in your post, Tex!
I am also glad I didn't get over here to read this until you'd already taken down Roger's picture (just kidding....sort of).