This blog, which I haven't even written yet (but has been on my mind since I saw the reason that inspired it), has got me thinking...I gotta do an all-time best Jasons' blog because there are plenty. Ja(y)son Tatum obviously counts. Jason Segel will undoubtedly be in that blog as well. I've been a fan of his for like 15 years now. He seems like a celeb you could actually be friends with as a regular folk. Even though I still haven't seen the now series finale of Winning Time, I'm still kinda bummed HBO canceled it. Since Segel's character's (Paul Westhead) arc was over and we wouldn't see much of him anymore...that does make the loss a little easier to take. Shrinking is a million times better and if you haven't watched it yet, check it out ASAP (but after you finish reading this blog).
So what the fuck is my zooted ass (it's legal and Halloween) even talking about?
Well, I'll tell ya, loyal DOL reader! Earlier today, I came across a video of Jason Segel reprising some of his Dracula Rock Opera from Forgetting Sarah Marshall in LA, and it legit made my day. I already posted this on my personal IG story, but I love it so much that it's getting a full-fledged blog!
I seriously hope someone got the entire performance on video. The only downside to this TikTok is that it doesn't feature the best part, but I'm trying to be a more positive person, so I'm glad it exists and that some people got to experience the magic live. Enjoy :)
I've seen plenty of comments along the lines, "It's crazy he's doing this now with how much drama/trouble there is around the rest of the Forgetting Sarah Marshall cast," and I gotta say, I wholeheartedly disagree. The world fucking needs it. There's so much hate, terror, fear, greed, inequality, and other buzzkill words I don't wanna dwell on rn in the world, and it's getting kind of a hard time believing things are going to get better; we need incredibly beautiful and inspiring Puppet-ed Rock Operas to help pass the time before WWIII/we all die (whichever comes first).
I FOUND THE WHOLE THING!!! LET'S FUCKINNNNNNN GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Some incredible person unloaded the entire song onto TikTok. This video should have millions of views!!!
I could be wrong because I don't follow it, but I feel like theatre has never been bigger than it is right now. Hamilton was fucking everywhere for what felt like over five years. Did you see this year's Hard Knocks? It's in for NFL guys to go to Broadway now. TBH, I loved musicals as a kid. My grandma played hundreds for me and my sister growing up. Plays are cool, too. I wanna add both to my life repertoire. That feels like a solid early 30s move. If Jason Segel brought the Dracula Musical to the stage, I would totally go. If you would, too, throw this blog a comment so we can build a little stream in making this play a reality.
I can't write this blog and not give the people the goods!!!
Song: Creep (Unplugged)
Artist: Stone Temple Pilots
Album: Core (1992)
Cause it's Halloween, get it?
Of course you do.
I almost used "I put a spell on you," but the sound quality stunk!
I'm not going to sit here and make excuses about the refs because even if they didn't fuck us raw (multiple rounds) with no lube, I can admit the Dolphins are currently much better than the Patriots. They actually have talent on their roster!
It's just a major bummer when your season is on the brink, and you're on the wrong side of multiple no-calls in a game where despite looking like shit, you were sorta in it.
The Patriots are currently the AFC's #16 seed, which has them barely out of the playoff picture.
New England's 31-17 loss dropped their record to 2-6, and like a Hot Pocket after two minutes in the microwave... they're fucking done. The Bills game was fool's gold (slash Josh Allen is a fraud). What we saw yesterday is more indicative of what the Pats are; a shitty team.
When fully healthy, this roster doesn't have a lot of studs, and we've already lost Judon and Gonzo for the year. Now, our (arguably) best offensive weapon is out for 2023; Kendrick Bourne tore his ACL yesterday. Major Bummer Volume II!
Even though I don't see Bill Belichick ever tanking, it's against everything he stands for. This guy used to play catch with Roger Staubach when he was a kid. He worked under Ted Marchibroda. The man can talk about Lawrence Taylor for days without notes. He's a historian who loves everything football. I respect him for not being that guy that gives up on the year, but we fucking need to; it's what's best for the team long-term. Only three teams in NFL history that started 2-6 made the playoffs, and one of them was the '22 Jags. It prob ain't happening back-to-back years. BLOW. IT. UPPPPPPP!!!!!!
This team is going nowhere fast, and while this may sound like loser talk to some (likely haters), I've watched this franchise win six Super Bowls. We were spoiled. That doesn't last forever. If you aren't a contender, you might as well be awful to try and get a QB or game-changing defensive player or WR that can make you a contender again. I've said it 50 times this season, but there's no point in going 7-10 (tbh, I don't even think we could if we tried with our current available talent pool). I know it's different in the NFL, but you gotta try to sell what you can and focus on getting the best pick available.
I want to hold on to guys like Dugger, Barmore, Dave Andrews, Onwenu, Pop, and all the defensive Joneses, but if you can move someone for a 3rd or 4th rounder...fucking do it. Sure, Bill will probably use it on some DE that ends up with three career snaps, but that's precisely why you need to stockpile picks. Can we be on the right side of a Mohamed Sanu for a 2nd rounder-type deal? If you can get a 6th for DeVante Parker, that's basically the same level of fleecing.
Speaking of Barmore, he was a bright spot on a team lacking true NFL talent.
As for the quarterback, I feel bad for Mac. He had better weapons at Alabama. There's no excusing the INT; it changed the game, but it's tough to evaluate the guy fairly with the lack of time and weapons he was given. His development is the only reason you shouldn't tank, but with Caleb Williams within reach, it's a conversation worth having. If Belichick is worried about how a 10 to 15 loss season will affect his record, I say pull a Coach K. and fake an injury. If you call like, Lovie Smith and ask him to be the interim coach while Bill "recovers," he'll prob take the job.
It's Celtics season. As I hit publish, we're up 33 vs. the Wizards.
Song: Keep Going (2023)
Artist: Taking Back Sunday
It's never easy, but we all have to keep going.
TBS recently crashed a wedding. How cool is this?
Depending on how quickly I can bang out this blog, we've got about another hour to be souped off of last weekend's unexpected Bills win. If we win today, I am all the way back in on the Pats maaaaybe making a playoff run. Somewhat surprisingly, the Pats are sticking with a significant part of their 2nd win of the season down in Miami today.
That's right, baby! The Pats are wearing silver pants for just the 3rd time since their post-Brady breakup mistakes came out in 2020. Clearly, it doesn't work for all cases (Patricia would've never made it through last season), but by the looks of that lazy and low-key petty caption, the Pats listened to what their fans want! I hope we never see the blueberries ever again!!
I'm gonna drop a little Sunday morning/afternoon history lesson for you loyal DOL readers. This is not the first time the Pats have taken their fans opinions into consideration when it comes to how they look on the field.
In 1979, the Patriots gave their fans a chance to decide their logo during halftime of a home game. Thanks to democracy, New England avoided this (the middle pic...duh) fugly precursor to their current "Flying Elvis" logo.
If it were up to me, we'd go back to the three-point stance logo full time. No bias, these really are one of the best looking unis in all of sports.
I'm not saying the fans bullied the Pats into wearing silver bottoms again, but when even the Doz man is catching a couple hundred likes, you know it's something people must really care about.
Vibes matter. I am a vibes guy guy and I love this energy going into Miami!!! Anything to help us get our first post-Brady win in Miami.
I know the NFL has a bunch of unnecessary rules when it comes to uniforms, but the league really should give it's co-leader in Super Bowl victories a mulligan. Let them make the blue on silver look full-time again for home games and road ones where their opponent wears white and like any non-Patriots league controversy, we can just act like the blueberries never happened. Don't forget the Dolphins lost a first-round pick too!
I appreciate all good uniforms, and Miami is rocking one of their best today. These should be full-time. Their current uniforms are gross. If we worn our reds, this would be an ELITE jersey matchup.
Song: The American Dream Is Killing Me
Artist: Green Day
Album: Saviors (2024)
1. It's kinda wild to already be dropping "2024s" in blogs.
2. Yo Green Day, what took you so long to drop a new song about our crumbling country??!
3. Go Pats
4. Almost every issue in this country ties back to capitalism in one way or another *kissie face emoji*
THE SILVER PANTS ARE A MILLION TIMES BETTER THAN THE ALL-BLUES AND RESPONSIBLE FOR AT LEAST 10% OF THE WIN.
I finally have a chance to get behind the keys, so I've had some time to let yesterday's Patriots marinate, and I honestly still can't believe that happened. What a fucking win that WE desperately needed.
Yayyyyy we aren't 1-6!!! And everybody who was at 1/6 should be in jail forever you terrorist, treasonist fucks!!!
Going into the game, my hopes were below sea level, but at least we were gonna look good. I'm not gambling rn because I'm hashtag-po', but I thought Bills -7.5 was free money.
The Patriots literally should never wear the blueberries again (and the people agree!)!!!
I've been banging the "Josh Allen is a fraud" drum for a while now. He's a walking turnover, but he's had our number as of late, winning four straight (including a playoff massacre) against New England, which doesn't exactly help my take. The Pats D has made him look like the best QB in the league at times (and if you think he is, let me remind you, Josh Allen has NEVER gone three straight games without a turnover). There was like a three-game span where we didn't force a fucking punt, so I know the Bills are talented despite how inconsistent and fraudulent they may be.
It's hard to gauge this season. We could've beat Philly and Miami but got our fucking doors blown off by the Saints (who are terrible) and the Cowboys (who are good, but also fraud adjacent under McCarthy and Dak) and had DeVante Parker (who I'm so done with) caught one of the best balls Mac has ever thrown; we maaaaybe beat the Raiders.
The truth is we're 2-5, and despite coming off a fantastic win against the pride of the AFC East this decade, it might've done more harm than good. I'd rather win 2 or 3 games than 8. If we're gonna suck, I wanna really suck and get a better draft pick. Going 7-10 or 8-9 is the last thing this organization needs. Even with the back-to-back ugly blowouts, we've shown glimpses. Our defense is legit (it sucks that Judon and Gonzo are out for the year). If we can score 24 points a game, we will win most weeks.
I'm just still so souped, even if the win may hurt us down the road. We saw so much out of Mac and had to give him a little swag back and some confidence from the rest of the locker room.
Even if we don't make the playoffs (which still seems unlikely), I want to see Mac grow. I'm not married to him as our franchise QB, but I'd like him to prove he can be. That's way easier than having to find a replacement. He wasn't Patrick Mahomes yesterday, but that was probably the best game of his career: 25/30 for 272 yards and 2 TD. His last-second (ish) TD was the only the Pats' 3rd go-ahead passing TD with less than 15 seconds remaining in the past 30 years. Sure, that's a super specific stat, but it's pro-Mac and going in the blog!
I've been saying it to my friends all year, but I don't think Mac is the problem (at least right now lolol).
The Pats (Belichick) fucked up his development by giving him Matt Patricia in the all important second year and no offensive line or real weapons this year. Letting Jakobi go for JuJu Smith-suckster was a massive mistake by Belichick too. Congrats on 300, though! You are the best coach of all-time, but please adjust to the modern game and get some fucking speed!!!
That #59 tackle was worse than me in high school (#keyloss) and kept getting Mac killed. I loved seeing Mike Onwenu at RT. It made all the difference. With time, Mac looked like a solid NFL QB. It's not a novel concept. I just wish it didn't take until week 7 to realize Lowe isn't an NFL-caliber offensive lineman.
It's only one game, and with Miami IN Miami next week, we could quickly go back to earth, but for at least a few days, we, as Patriot fans, can revel in a solid victory against a "Super Bowl contender." With Indy, the Commies, and the G-men on the schedule after Miami, it isn't impossible to be 5-6 or 6-5 going into December.
The formula is simple! I wish the Pats would take me in as an advisor. Everybody knows Dozie knows ball (I won my fantasy last year and am 5-2 this season).
Pop needs 8-12 touches per game!!!! I loved what I saw out of the speedster yesterday.
Ryland had his best game as a pro. I still hate trading Nick Folk, he's been one of the best kickers in the league the last few years, but Vinatieri had a slow start to his career too. Maybe Ryland will be okay (even though 37 is a gross number for a kicker).
We need to improve on the ground, but Zeke had a few nice runs but a "blah" game overall. I don't know what's going on with Dre; he's been the biggest disappointment of the season for a super disappointing team, but this catch and run was his best (and most significant) play of the year. Hopefully, he'll build off of it.
I'm just so proud of how Mac answered. Of course, seeing the Pats give up their lead so quickly was a little concerning, but I had a feeling that was coming. Josh Allen is super-overrated, but he's bound to make a few plays from his athleticism. It feels like Mac's been in that situation a dozen times but never prevailed. It was great to see him pull it off (and maybe save the season????).
I'm really trying not to be Johnny Homer. This team has a LONG way to go to become a contender, but at the very least, it was nice to beat the Bills. I used to have nothing against them when they were the lowly Bills, and while I'd like to see their fanbase win a Super Bowl someday, I don't like McDermott and think Allen is super overrated. I'd rather have Mahomes, Burrow, Hurts or Lamar. Maybe even Herbert. For now, we have Mac, and for the time being, I'm glad we do. I still believe in him. If he can stay upright, and the running game can get going, who knows where this team can go (probably 7-10, but damnit, let's believe for a little while).
NOBODY LIKES THE VIOLET BEAUREGARDE BLUEBERRY UNIS!!!!! Hi Ho Silver Pants!!!!
Song: ANTHEM PART 3
Album: ONE MORE TIME...
This is much better than EDGING. I still can't believe the Pats won today. Josh Allen is a turnover machine!
This blog was originally published last year, but with today being the much more significant anniversary, I'm reposted for its 10th anniversary.
I'm lying on my blogging station/bed watching the Padres put up a crooked number against the Phillies to come back from down 4-0. It's 7-4 Padres in the bottom of the 5th as I type this. Phillies just changed pitchers, I'm assuming. I missed it in real-time, and I'm not breaking my stride to rewind for a moot detail. (in editing..yes, pitching change).
I fucking love sports, dude. The last few years with Covid, personal shit, and fears of a fascist uprising redirected my focus away from my love of sports. While I'm still worried about the fascists, I'm gonna enjoy life while I can. Sports are one of the best parts of the human experience.
I've written countless blogs about baseball in the seven calendar years of DOL. I love baseball and lived and died with the Red Sox until ownership decided to trade away a Hall of Famer for a pair of foakleys; there are countless blogs about that too, but I don't wanna think about that right now. This is a happy thoughts blog, and nine years ago tonight was one of the happiest nights of my life.
Before I get into that, I wanna keep talking playoff baseball. I love the new format. I've seen people crying on Twitter because the 100+ win NL teams looked like shit, but in the AL, it's 1 vs. 2 in the ALCS (in editing..Astros now lead the series 1-0...great catch by Judge though). Maybe you'd like to see one powerhouse and one nice story per league? But it's year one. I'm sure things will level out over time. One year might be all chalk. This year we have chaos, and it's perfect. That's what October is all about. I'm not crazy about the lack of off days for travel, though. It'd (potentially and likely) make for better pitching match ups. I wouldn't hate to see the LDS round going to best of 7, either to give higher seed more wiggle room (maybe something wild like the higher seed has to win 3 games but the lower has to win 4? That'd probably never work, but that'd be cool).
As for the Boston Red Sox. My current relationship with the Sox is one of a divorcee who still cares about and loves their ex but also wouldn't hate seeing them die, or at very least letting themselves go. I will always cherish the memories of October baseball, and I know since this ownership won those championships, I may come off as ungrateful, but I'm not. Life is complicated, and things are not always black and white. Ownership can still be awful and scuzzy while also technically being responsible for some of my fondest memories. It's like Amazon. I feel guilty using it, but it can be kind of awesome, sometimes.
I was blessed to experience a Red Sox World Series run at 12, 15, 21, and 26 years old. Middle school, high school, college, and post-college. All were very different and worthy of their own blogs. I can't love the Sox the way I used to, even if deep down, I want to. You can't make yourself fall in love again.
Sports and fandom represent many things to people, but one part that I've always latched onto was the sense of community. When I moved to Florida in 6th grade, my ever-developing sports fandom was a part of home I brought with me. It was a way to connect with other transplants when I was down there and a point of pride as the Patriots won two Super Bowls, and the Red Sox broke the curse during my less than two-year stay (Nov '03-July '05) in that swampy sess-pool.
As I've aged, so have my views on sports. Growing up, all I cared about was championships. That's what determined a significant percentage of my happiness. I was fortunate in that sense because they happened frequently (the Pats 10 year Super Bowl drought while always being in the mix and fielding what would've been the greatest team of all time was a very trying time!). I started following the Patriots in 2001; their Super Bowl XXXVI run is one of my earliest football memories. I may have watched other Super Bowls, but Ravens-Giants the season before is the first I can actually remember.
It's natural to get greedy once you've tasted success. I know I'm lucky to witness all that winning and dominance. I still want my teams to win, and I certainly don't want to see prolonged championship droughts (like the Celtics' current dry spell..they may have 17, but I've only been alive for one!), but I also know how incredible those moments are. I want to see other people get to experience them (well, most people...it's always fuck the Yankees, Steelers, Lakers, etc.) during their time on this rock. That's why the 2016 World Series was fantastic. Either way a long-suffering fanbase got to win. I'm like a sports philanthropist in that way. I made my billions off of other people's heartache. Now I'm a little older an have gotten more champions (12) than anyone should in a lifetime, I'm ready to give back...as long is it doesn't come at an expense to my lifestyle.
Like, I used to hate the Canadiens when I followed hockey closer. But now I don't really give a shit. I hope the Bruins do well, but it doesn't matter to me whatsoever. No Bruins loss has ruined my day since like 2015. Even in 2019, I wanted them to win, but I felt next to nothing when they lost Game 7 (I was much more worried about David Ortiz's health). One of my best friends is a Habs fan, and when they went on their Covid Cup run in 2021, I jumped on the bandwagon cause I wanted him to experience a 'ship. I joked about #ourhabbies in one of our group chats whenever we talked puck. That same year one of my buddies, who's a diehard Bucks fan and has been since the day I met him, finally saw his team win it all and even got to a Finals game in person. I was so pumped for him. Obviously, I'd rather see the C's win, but if it's not my team, I want it to be someone I care about or a passionate fanbase that's been waiting for decades. In 2016, when the Cavs were down 3-1 against the Warriors, I started rooting for the comeback, even though idfw Lebron, I wanted to see the Cavs comeback for my boy I call pops. I was with him when they won it all, and I'm sure some of my friends might make fun of me because I get emotional about shit like this, but it was incredible to see how happy he was. I'm glad he got to experience that. I'm sure he wishes he was with fam, but they weren't around, so I watched it with him. I know firsthand how great it feels, especially the first time.
I've loved watching the Padres' playoff run. They've now won the game I referenced at the beginning of this blog...got off track with a phone call and other things (a couple bathroom breaks & a few bowl rips) since I started writing. Sure, I kind of wanted the Mets to beat them, but watching these fans that only have the Padres get to experience this run is incredible. Petco Park's been rocking. How many times have you been able to say that since the place opened? Maybe 6? You can feel the passion through the internet TV 3,000+ miles away. San Diego lost the Chargers, and before this run, the Pads hadn't had a home playoff game (with fans) since 2006 (two losses during a quick 3-1 NLDS loss to the Cardinals). That's a loooong ass time. For reference: I was a freshman in high school in the fall of '06. Now I'm 30. It's essentially half a lifetime ago. So you look at that same POV as a San Diegoite...San Diego in...San Diegan. A 25-year-old Padre fan hasn't had an opportunity to go to a home playoff game since they were in 5th grade. Nobody under like 23 remembers the 2005 or '06 Padres.
No matter how I currently feel about the Boston Red Sox, their 2013 World Series title run is one of my favorite life experiences. I went to 5 games including$1 beard night. It was my 21 summer; needless to say, it was a fun year. 2013 was an unexpected title after one of the worst collapses in baseball history and a miserable 69-93 campaign in 2012. Of course, there's the Boston Strong rallying cry after the Marathon Bombing. We all know how much it meant. For the sake of length, it was a special bearded season.
I enjoyed the ride all year long but didn't expect to win it all. It was a remarkable story, but I remember talking Sox at work that summer and saying I think this team has ALCS loss to the Tigers written all over them. On paper, Detroit was a much better team. Scherzer and Verlander. Miggy was at his peak. Torii Hunter. Prince Fielder. Leyland was great.
The 2013 ALCS (and the entire playoff run) coincided with easily the most challenging part of my college career. I had my history capstone and the longest and hardest **that's what she said** paper I've ever written on a topic I knew little to nothing about (It was on the economic impacts of illegal immigration). Socially I was slinging pies, living with my best friends (there was still plenty of beefin'), crushing @URIprobs, and amidst turbulent times with my ex-gf that I still did stuff with once in a while. Plus, I still had scars from being at the AFC Championship Game in January. That set the whole year off to a rough start, but looking back it was amazing.
Game 2 of the ALCS was on October 13th. Papi's Grand Slam. It saved the season and somehow found a way to unseat a walk-off Tom Brady touchdown pass hours earlier as the day's best Boston sports moment. Selfishly, I was jealous I wasn't there. I had talked to people about going to that game, but things fell through, and I had to watch from the couch in my college house.
When my buddy who went to Game 2 told me he was getting standing-room-only tickets for like $90 and asked if I wanted one, I said yes without hesitation. I wish I remembered more of the small details. It could've been that day; maybe a few before? I think he got tickets after the Sox won game 5; either way, I would be at Fenway with a chance to see the Sox win the pennant.
We got to Fenway early to get the best spots possible.
Part of me doesn't like putting this part of the story on wax, but I mean, with everything being digital now, I think it's okay to admit it. The best part of this whole night was getting onto the Monster. I remember this part vividly because my paranoid ass was terrified. Since my buddy had standing-room-only Monster tickets from Game 2, he scanned those, photoshopped them to say "Home Game 3," and made four copies for us all to watch from 37 feet (even higher cause we were in the back) in the air. Absolute legend move. I bought real standing-room-only tickets for like $90. We used those to get into Fenway, but from being there earlier in the week, he knew we just had to get into the building. They weren't going to scan the tickets again; we just had to get past the usher guarding the Monster. Once up there, we didn't walk to any other part of the stadium to risk showing our papers again. But being up there by scamming the marketed-up playoff ticket market was the peanut butter drizzle (cause idfw cherries) on a brownie sundae of a night. We weren't hurting anybody. Just some sly dogs who love(d) the Sox.
We settled in the 2nd section SRO, right next to a light tower. So if you're reading this, John Henry, you can stroke off knowing we had a significantly obstructed view.
We couldn't see center or right field, but it didn't matter. We were on the Green fucking Monster in a potential-pennant clinching game (and I was right next to a beer vendor and had a few Wachusett Blueberries).
The Dropkick Murphy's played "Shipping Up to Boston" during the pre-game festivities. At 21, I was kind of sick of that song by now with how much I had heard it from the Departed, Papelbon (s/o my 58 brethren)..pretty much every 2 hours for over five years, but even my hardo 21-year-old ass thought it was pretty cool to hear in person.
It was Max Scherzer vs. Clay Buccholz on the mound; two of the best pitchers in the AL that season, although Buccholz was not nearly the same guy he was before the ASG. A Game 2 rematch. Clay was much more solid this night but struggled in the 6th before Franklin Morales let the two men he inherited score. Scherzer was just as sharp for most of the night. He won his first Cy Young that year and was an absolute machine. 21-3, 2.90 ERA, led the AL in WHIP. Would've won Game 2 if it weren't for Big Papi.
2-1 Tigers going into the bottom of the 7th and that's when it happened.
I haven't even mentioned that I ran into a girl from my high school advisory on the Monster. Such a small world! She missed the granny :(
0-2 pitch, Victorino corkscrews a ball to left, and it's coming right at us. I cannot believe it. You're hoping it clears the wall, but you knew the game was tied at the very least. I just wanted to at least tie it at this point. The inning before, the Sox had men on 2nd & 3rd with 1 out and struck out twice to end it. But the ball was coming towards us; it was unreal. I had never been in that position before. A home run was coming toward us like a missile. It landed like 15 feet away, and the Monster and the rest of Fenway exploded in jubilation. It was the 7th inning, but with our bullpen, it might as well of been a walk-off blast. We knew the pennant was ours. Koji wasn't gonna blow a 3-run lead if we got through the 8th. If you slow down the broadcast video like I've done thousands of times since that night, you can see me put my arms in the sky and immediately turn to celebrate with the guys I came with (pause).
(this is not that moment).
It was pure bliss. Earlier in the night, we had a close call with a Pedey foul ball that we thought was gone, but this time it was a no-doubter. The ball landed like 12 feet from me. Everybody was going crazy. People were taking pics with the guy who caught/got it off the bounce, myself included.
A minute after midnight (at least according a vine I made), Koji struck out former Red Sox José Iglesias (thank you so much for booting that grounder in the 7th). The Red Sox were going to the World Series for the first time since 2007!
If you looked closely on that super fuzzy, zoomed in iPhone 4 photo, you can see they screwed up and put "AL East Division Champs" on the board.
I don't want to say I'll never experience anything like that again. I'd love to be in a position to watch one of my teams win it all, but if I never do. I'll always have this night. Nothing John Henry can ever do will take that night away from me. I'll always love the 2013 Red Sox, and being at Fenway to watch to clinch the American League is, without question, the coolest thing I've ever seen since I started breathing nearly 32 years ago; easily a top 3 night of my life.
I went with three guys from the class two years below me. One I have no issues with whatsoever; we're just not close. I don't dislike him, we just don't know each other at all outside of going to the same high school for two years. This was the only time in my life I've ever hung out with him other than maybe a quick what up nod at a party if you ever count that which to me is not on par with witnessing the Boston Red Sox win the pennant atop the Green Monster. He's friends with the other two guys, or at least was then because, again, I don't really know him. Another guy I'm cool with, but we haven't seen in forever. I love that dude and hope he's doing well. His mom was our HS art teacher and was always cool to me because I was an older guy and nice to her son. Hashtag good guy. The last one I consider almost a little brother. I took him under my wing during my junior, his freshman year of football, and he's been my dude ever since. Are there other people I would've liked to experience that with? Sure. I'm sure they'd all say the same too. But it's something we'll always have and I'm glad we experienced it together. I barely know the guy Marc, but if I were to run into him, I'd have an awesome story to reminisce about instead of fumbling through small talk.
Maybe you're not into sports, so it's hard to translate the experience of watching your favorite team win a pennant that nobody expected---on another clutch grand slam mere feet away from you in a series you were utterly outmatched in (Tigers starters broke a strikeout record in 6 games)---during a year where a terrorist bombed a staple of Boston---but I hope you too get to experience a night like that in your lifetime, many nights in fact.
I may never love the Red Sox like I did in 2013, but that was the fucking time of my life. It was nice to go down memory lane and share a few pics with my guy Nino. I'll give you the DOL reader (thank you) a peek.
I've got that shirt in a tote in the basement near my DVDs.
A couple weeks later, I went back to Boston for the parade. I've been to three (2011 Bruins, 2013 Sox, and 2016 Pats). Let's end this 2,600+ worder on that.
Fuck you, you soulless lizard fuck!!!!
I was the #1 Daniel Nava fan in America..he should've played more than Jonny Gomes....dude slashed .303/.385. Nav's had the Sox only hit in Game 1 of the ALCS.
When you look at a calendar, it makes perfect sense that this night was 10 years ago, but it's crazy to think a decade's gone by since that magical night. If you told me in 2013 that in 10 years not only would I not really care about the Red Sox anymore (I'll always love them, but until John Henry sells/puts effort into building a winner, I'm not wasting my time or emotions getting involved), but it's been this way for a few years...I'd call you crazy. Like when I was 21, I loved the Red Sox more than just about everything in the world. I'm glad my priorities have changed, but I'm still super bummed about the reason I had to stop pouring my heart and soul into the Sox.
For obvious reasons, 2004 will always be the end all be all Red Sox championship, but 2013 is right up there for me. Between where I was in my life and what this team meant to not just Boston, but all of New England after the Marathon Bombing...it'll always hold a special piece of my heart.
Fuck John Henry FOREVER!
Song: Simply Paradise (2023)
Artist: Mac Demarco & Ryan Paris
Mac D is backy! Now it's time for a full-length real album!
I'm feelin' serious Flight of the Conchords vibes in this song