Monday, October 29, 2007

2007 World Series Champions

We arrived in Clinton at 1am and camped out at the playground. In the morning I scoped out the tiny town and found a pub, it didn't open til 2pm (game time 1:30pm) but it had a big TV and I hoped it would have Sky Sports which was broadcastng the Series. I couldn't leave Colleen and Ambiana to meet out WWOOFing host alone so I was greatful for yesterdays gift of a game to watch and we headed to the farm with hopes of a day of rest so i could high tail it back to the Pub. Alas we we were put right to wrok fertilizing a field and such but we were let go at 4:30pm and i RAN right to the Pub which was empty save for the barkeep but on the Screen was the World Series with Paplebon on the mound, bottom of the 8th and the Red Sox ahead 4-3. I ordered a pint and watched Pap finish the 8th with a long fly ball to Coco and then the Sox went down 1-2-3 and there was Pap on the mound and 3 outs standing between us and another World Series Cahmpionship only 3 YEARS from the last one!!! Can You Believe it! The broadcast was not Fox but rather a ESPN production and Dave O'Brien one of the 3 Red Sox Radio Announcers was doing the play-by-play which took me back to the Red Sox Porch and all those games this summer and Spring. Ground ball to Short...One out. What a great season and what an odessey this fall catching games on the internet and at tony's house and Uncle Mikes in California...Deep fly to Jacoby in left....2 outs...and now i am in Clinton New Zealand, 5pm on a Monday afternoon 12,000 miles from Fenway and alone in a pub..fastball, swin and a miss, stike 3, Varitek is on his way to the mound, OUT #3! The red Sox are the 2007 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS CAN YOU BELIEVE IT. I pump my fist in the silence my heart swelling and sit and watch the celebration as I finish my beer.

Jacoby Ellsbury is my MVP but Mike Lowell is the Veteran and he was clutch ALl Season long and he deserves it. Whatta season!!!