My Red Sox Nation Citizenship package arrived in the mail Saturday. This year instead of the basic Starter Level package I usually purchase for $15, I doubled my investment and went for the All Star Level. For the extra dough I got some stuff that was cool, a 12″ x 18″ page full of Red Sox Fathead decals that I can stick various places and a Red Sox Yearbook. And some not so cool, a catalog of Red Sox themed merchandise to buy and a small drawstring bag made sort of like a sweatshirt or a small sweatshirt turned into a sort of drawstring bag.
But the real draw was the free hat. Regular readers who are more obsessed with my life than I am will remember that last year’s Red Sox hat only stayed in the head wear rotation until May before being donated to Goodwill because the sox were hanging crooked. This year’s RSN hat has its socks dangling at the proper angle and this season is looking good so far.
Actually not an April Fools joke!
In Saturday’s mail there was a letter for me and the return address read Red Sox Nation. “Oh,” I thought, “Maybe this is a refund.”
Inside was a letter with as close as an apology as anyone would get “Thank you for being a part of the Red Sox Nation program. While it was a challenging season for all of us, the continued devotion and passion make Red Sox Nation unparalleled in sports.” Also enclosed was a Johnny Pesky replica baseball card, a 2012 Red Sox Nation sticker1 and the ability to download a couple dozen photo highlights2 from this season.
Oh yeah, that makes up for it alright.
1. There has been one of these every year until this year when it was replaced by a nifty Fenway Park 100 Years sticker.
2. Some might say that that is all the highlights they had this season.
A short bike 10 mile ride. Breakfast at DD. Grocery shopping at Kroger.
Lunch. Wash the Purple Whale.
Afternoon spent watching the Weather Channel and listening to the FRS on the internet. Which is more related than you think in that they are both like rubbernecking at a car accident on the Interstate, horrible to see, but you just can’t turn away.*
Evening spent blogging and surfing the web.
Try and reel in your jealousy.
*On a related note, I just got an email that offered MLB.TV on my Roku for the rest of the season for a measly $10, so that if I actually wanted to see that wreck…
When I entered the Win/Loss Contest over on a The Joy of Sox blog I was feeling a bit pessimistic about the Red Sox Chances this year and picked 89 Wins & 73 Losses. The site owner chided me for my dim view, but boy it is looking like those totals are now pie in the sky optimistic.
Their current record is 59W & 65L (not counting tonight’s in progress game), so for my prediction to be correct the FRS will have to finish the season out by winning 30 and only losing 8 more games. I’m betting the the odds of that happening are less than 1%!
The worst record picked by anyone was 85 & 77 and if the Sox play the rest of the way at the same winning percentage as they have until now, their record will be the inverse of that worst pick and be 77–85.
Started down, went up, still up.
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I was listening to the FRS online for a while and in the fourth inning they were leading 2–0. I went away and when I came back to the Red Sox home page to get Gameday tab, so I could check up on the game without listening to it. The first thing you see on the site is a picture of tonight’s pitcher Aron Cook with the headline, “Cook’s No-Hitter broken in 6th.”
I look down at the line score and it is the Orioles leading in the bottom of the 6th 5–2. Cooks no-hitter was gone alright, but so was the lead and his tenure on the mound for the evening.