While enjoying a few cocktails with a some of my Sox Sistahs at the Cask, I ventured onto the topic of what they thought of the 2006 Red Sox season. People have a tendency to seek me out to discuss everything Sox and I have been amazed at how negative people have been about the 2006 season. It surprises me, because I don't really judge a season by the standings at the end of the year. I look at the big picture of the entire season. If for the most part I have been able to enjoy a full season of competitive baseball, then I'm happy. Here are some of the memories of 2006 that helped make the season bright for me.
- I was thrilled to see Curt Schilling pitch in early April like the Curt Schilling we knew in 2004.
- Kevin Youkilis at first base playing like he was born to be on first.
- Our incredible defensive infield, Yo Lo Go Lo Va.
- Everything about Mike Lowell.
- Mark Loretta's walk off on Patriots Day.
- Jonathan Papelbon shutting the other team down in the ninth.
- Watching Jon Lester get his first major league win.
- Doug Mirabelli's dramatic entrance back with the Red Sox right before game time.
- Seeing the rookies get hazed by the veterans.
- Jason Varitek breaking Carlton Fisk's Red Sox catching record.
- David Ortiz and his outstanding 54 home runs.
Well off the top of my head these are what I remember about the 2006 season. I'm sure I've missed a few stellar moments and would love to have some additional input, so please comment and add your own favorite moments of 2006.
Here's to a Winning 2007!