soxI truly had planned to write about admissions related topics today but, like so many local folks, I’m bleary eyed from staying up late watching the Boston Red Sox, our local baseball team, win the World Series, professional baseball’s championship.  How could I ignore such an important event in our home town?

Boston (and we often say “Boston” when we mean the city and the surrounding area) is a sports town.  People are passionate about their teams and, for the past 15 years or so, there has been a lot (Patriots! Celtics! Bruins!) to be passionate about.  In 2004, the Red Sox ended decades of futility and won the World Series for the first time since 1918, and the team repeated as champs in 2007.

In 2012, though, the team was dismal (DISMAL!), crumbling into last place.  Big surprise for everyone when the 2013 line-up, composed primarily of good, but not superstar, players, finishes first in the league and then prevails in the playoffs.  We love this stuff!  And what could be better than having the team led by the inspirational pep-talks and smoking-hot bat of fan favorite David Ortiz.  Topping it all off, the Red Sox have a recent tradition of charming the fans (and annoying the rest of the country) with some team-bonding exercise or other, which this year took the form of beardsCrazy beards.

Best of all, the Sox won the championship at home — Boston’s beloved Fenway Park.  Tucked into the heart of the city and smaller than most modern ball parks, Fenway is a museum of baseball history where the Sox hadn’t won the World Series since 1918, the 2004 and 2007 victories having taken place at the opponent’s home field.

Grasping for a Fletcher-friendly international theme to today’s post (beyond the obvious meaninglessness of the “world” in World Series), I’ll add that the Red Sox, like most teams, have an international roster (including the amazing closing pitcher Koji Uehara).  It’s a team that’s easy to like, even for a native New Yorker like me.

So, hooray for the Red Sox!  Admissions topics will wait one more day.


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