If you turned on a television in the last week, you maybe knew that the Boston Red Sox were playing in the World Series.
If you turned on a television in Boston in the last week, you knew every detail. Without choice.
As an avid baseball fan, one of the reasons that I was most excited to move to Boston was the sports culture. Boston has one of the highest concentrations of professional sports teams–and the idea that I would live less than a mile from one of the most historic ballparks? I was ecstatic.
Mind you, I wasn’t a Red Sox fan though.
Born and bred Braves girl.
Could name all of the players. Knew all the stats. I’ve quite literally been a Braves fan since birth. And Braves fans don’t like the Red Sox.
Then I actually moved to Boston.
And man, am I ever still a tomahawk-chopping crazy; but I found that the Red Sox were pretty fun to cheer for too. It’s a team and a ballpark with incredible history.
I despise the Yankees.
There are at least two players with Braves connections (Saltalamacchia started with the Braves and Stephen Drew’s brother J.D. was an Atlanta favorite).
The American League is totally separate from the National League–I mean, the only time the Braves would be seriously challenged by the Red Sox would be a World Series. And in that case I would, of course, pull for the Braves.
It was decided.
I could be both a Braves and a Red Sox fan.
So I jumped in. Two games (one of which was the crazy AL East clinching game) and a hat later, I decided I was excited.
So, when they started making a World Series run–I was pretty captivated.
As a Braves fan, we’re used to the postseason. That’s not very special (for shame, I know). But when there was a pennant and then an actual World Series potential–you had to watch every game. You had to get near Fenway.
On one special night, the Series opener, I went to Fenway to put together an iPhone-captured montage. Phones can do great things these days. It was posted for BU News and while it was great to be outside of Fenway, I really would have loved to be inside.
For some reason, I feel like the city of Boston accepted from the beginning that there was no alternative other than winning the whole thing. I never doubted that they wouldn’t win. It just seemed like a given.
So it was weird joy (I was still wishing it was the Braves) that I wore some support last Wednesday.
Instead of watching game six at a bar, we opted for a friend’s who lived practically shouting distance from Fenway. Any of you who watched will know that the game wasn’t that exciting and it was evident early on that Boston was going to close up the series. But there was still a decent excitement in the street.
Given the recent marathon bombings, it seems the city is wary to security in general. It was quite evident with the 50-motorcycle police brigade outside our friend’s apartment. And then again evident with the number of police barricades.
We were still able to get out and film a little after the game–and while it was exciting, I was a TINY bit disappointed it wasn’t more crazy.
Pretty friggin’ awesome baseball season to move to Boston.
Now. 2014, Let’s go Braves.
Love the pictures…hope 2014 is our year.