Daily Prompt: Fandom — Beisbol

I always liked baseball. I grew up in New York where the annual epic battles between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees were so important we listened to the games in classrooms in elementary school during school hours. When the Dodgers beat the Yankees in 1955, that was as good as it gets for a baseball fan, or more accurately, a Dodgers fan.

When the Dodgers deserted Brooklyn for the west coast, we were heartbroken. Faithless Dodgers! I drifted away. College, babies, work … no time for much else.

Until I married Garry. To say he lived and died with the Red Sox is not an overstatement. Like me, he came from New York and had been a passionate Dodgers fan. Like me, he felt he had been set adrift when our team abandoned us.  Although we revived a bit when the Mets came to town, it wasn’t the same, though the Miracle Mets of 1969 almost (but not quite) made up for some of the hurt feelings left in the wake of the Dodgers emigration. Unlike me, he had moved to a true baseball town and found a new team to love.

Ah, Boston. And oh — the Red Sox! In what other town could a huge neon Citgo sign at the ballpark become a city landmark?

Citco sign over Feway is part of the panarama of Boston.

The Citco sign over Fenway is part of the panorama of Boston.

The beloved, hapless, hopeless, cursed team of teams. When I came to live in Boston in 1988, they hadn’t won a World Series since 1918. They’d gotten so close … and then some terrible error, some disaster would occur. Everyone would scream, tear out their hair, then finally sigh and murmur “Wait until next year.”

Next year came. Twice, in 2004 and 2007. After that, everyone calmed down. We had done it, not one, but twice. The second time proving the first was no fluke. We could hold our heads up. The curse was lifted. All would be well.

Back to my life with baseball. Garry is, was, always will be an ardent devotee of The American Pastime. Baseball season is long and busy. It isn’t a game a week. It’s a game everyday and even more often, if like Garry, you follow more than one team. I realized early in our marriage I had a choice. Spend my summers without Garry … or learn to love baseball.

I went with baseball. It wasn’t hard to love it. More like remembering something I had once known. I’ll never be quite as much a fan as Garry, but I understand the game, appreciate the art of it and know how baseball is an integral part of American history and tradition. I’ve been to Cooperstown and the Hall of Fame and loved it.

Baseball has enriched my life and my marriage. And I have a year-round husband.



Categories: American history, Baseball, Boston, Sports

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18 replies

  1. Great, great post!! I really appreciate that you sincerely embraced baseball on my behalf. Not all Wives will do that for their Husbands. I still fondly remember a day at Fenway. You were explaining some nuances of the game to other people. I was so proud of you!! How long ago was that?? ARod and Griffey, Junior were youngsters playing for Seattle. Thanks, Mrs. A.!!!!!!

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    • I did it for us, really. Because it’s good to share the things you love. And it’s not exactly cruel and unusual punishment to watch a game at Fenway … unless it’s the Yankess and we’re losing. Hey, remember watching the Sox beat the pants off the Yankees at Yankee Stadium? Was that cool or what?

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  2. That place looks so familiar 😉
    Let’s go Red Sox!
    (And – our dog’s name…Fenway) https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fenway/179692532137765
    Ain’t he cute?

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  3. My folks live in Boston and love the Sox … After living in Seattle and loving the Mariners … After living in Chicago and loving the Cubs …

    Great post!

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  4. Beautiful picture! You have nothing on me with team losses, LOL. The Falcons and Braves came to Atlanta when I was in my teens…..I can’t tell you how many games they lost STRAIGHT in a row……..but we kept going. Neither got good until after I left Atlanta! After living in Miami with some very successful Dolphins, I moved to Tampa and so did the BUCS…………so much for season ticket wins…..were none for YEARS, LOL……….still went.

    If I remember correctly, my grandparents went to Cuba, (before the blockade, of course), for the whole Dodger training season. They were HUGE Dodger fans, and if a game was on TV, the “mansion” had to be VERY QUIET………we were banished to the outdoors after they found we were not really interested in Pro baseball…..just not enough “action” for us, LOL!

    Neat memories Marilyn, and thanks for stirring some of mine! KEITH

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  5. Excellent and very interesting post.

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