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Friday, January 12, 2007

Fight Game

I will never get tired of this picture. EVER. In the year they won it all, one of the biggest donnybrooks I've seen in baseball broke out. All because A-Rod got bent that Bronson Arroyo plunked him. Tek didn't like the way Rodriguez was talking to his pitcher, and off they went.

What followed over the next 10 minutes or so was watched by me with unmitigated joy: Tek trying to bodyslam Rodriguez, Gabe Kapler and Tanyon Stuertz going at it, and general mayhem. I don't remember where Manny was in all this: probably heading out to the Monster for a bathroom break. Anyway, point is it was a AWESOME fight.

Best part is this: later, much later ( And why is it that when these 2 teams play, they have to last no fewer than 4 hours, most stretching toward 5? Just curious.) Billy Mueller sent Fenway home happy with a walk off, 2 run dinger of Rivera. Not immediately after this game, but soon, the Sox went on an absolute tear, clinched the wild card, and the rest is history.

I remember a lot about the day that game was played. I remember I watched it in my bedroom, because my wife and daughter were watching some all day "Ann of Green Gables" marathon, or something equally as exciting in the living room. I remember sitting on the edge of the bed, alternately going from extreme joy, to feeling like I was gonna throw up as the game went back and forth.

And I also remember this: that was the first game I ever watched with my son, Rakes. He was not quite 8 months old, so I doubt he remembers much. But he spent the whole game in that room with me. Laid on my chest for nap time, ate a bottle, and watched his first Sox game. Poor little fella cried for 4 minutes after it was over: coulda been from joy, although I think the fact I screamed like some demented Bo Duke when Billy hit the home run seems more likely.

He's 3 now, and this past year watched a lot of the games with me. His attention wanders, but he loves to watch Papi and Manny hit, and will run around in circles, sliding into imaginary bases, and flipping his bat, because, "Dat de way Big Papi doed it, Dad". He loves baseball and the Red Sox, and I could not be happier about it.

I'm sure he and I have a long list of baseball memories ahead of us, and I look forward to all of them.

But that picture at the top of this page?

I will NEVER get tired of it.

It was the day my son and I watched our first Sox game together.

24 comments:

Kaylee said...

that was a great night:) I rememeber that night alot:) ahh memmories!

Ted D said...

Hey kaylee. What a game, huh?

Thank you for stopping by and reading.

Kaylee said...
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Kaylee said...

youre welcome:)

Kaylee said...

and yes it was!

Tex said...

Ted
sorry Ive not been around for night talk. Teaching and then going out with friends.

But THAT day is a day I will not forget EVER either.

July 24th, 2004.
My mothers birthday. I was sitting at the house watching the game with a coworker who is a Yankee fan. We had tickets to go to the Minor League Stros game down the road in Round Rock. The game shoulda been over by game time but it wasn't....so finally we left. We missed the walk off...but my good friend called us as we were almost there and told me what happened BUT we saw the fight.

EFfing gREATest fight ever!!

I'll never forget the date but I'll never forget the fight as it was the turning point that year.

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Peter N said...

Ted, I'll be stopping here...thanks to Kaylee, who I hope is feeling better with her breathing than last night. And hi Tex...I've been to your blog too. Check mine out, through my profile. And Ted, I was worried about Kaylee and her breathing last night, but I only found out about it this morning here in CT. Keep up the great work, check out my Red Sox blog, and I'm wating to hear from kaylee, my number one fan. Peter

here's the link, if you want, but this is not an add...it's just that you know many commenters there.

http://peteronall.blogspot.com/
please leave comments too!!! And thanks......

JET said...

Great picture, great fight, great memories, great bonding experience for RSN and the Sox.

Would you believe I missed the end of the game? Thank God I saw the fight! Watched it in a bar at Martha's Vineyard. The bar was going nuts.

The (loser) friends I was with wanted to go somewhere else, so I was forced to move on and missed the end. I was so psyched when I heard how it ended, but pissed I missed it.

Ted D said...

Wow, 9 posts and only one is mine! Kaylee, hope you are feeling better, JET thanks again: you are very sweet to think about Trot, and Texas, Texas, Texas. I reckon I'll forgive you: I forget almost everyone else in the world is single and needs to get out!

Kaylee said...

I am thank you:) I want to say something to you guys over on surviving Grady but I am bitting my lip not to say it so I won't:D

Ted D said...

kaylee, glad you are OK. Pretty scary stuff, that asthma.

I know what you are referring to, and I wouldn't open that can of worms over there. Some of the folks can get a little rough. I will not say anything anymore, OK?

Feel better.

Kaylee said...

oh yes it really is:) Brady better kick butt tomorrow:) I have seen how rough they can be that is why i am refraining from comment:)

Kaylee said...

that= over there

Tex said...

Ted

Tex said...

Ted
I think your'e becoming more popular than me

not that is a bad thing

Ted D said...

Nah Texas: you just been ignoring us all with your "work" and all!

Christine E. said...

I am with you, Ted--I never tire of that picture either--as a matter of fact it is on the wall in my office--I see it every day...I remeber the day it happened, but I did not get to see it live because Fox decided not to show that game here in PA (!)

Make that reason 45,879 why Fox sucks....

You have a GREAT blog..:-) Let me know if you are interested in trading links...

Go Sox!

Kaylee said...

damn i cant get rid of these asthma attacks and the ravens lost and that just pissed me off! sigh.......

Ted D said...

christine, thank you for stopping by. I am computer illiterate and am kinda hunting and pecking my way around. I am an idiot half the time, so what does "trading links" mean?

Kaylee said...

can life be worse?

Christine E. said...

Hi Ted:

"trading links" is where I would post a link to yout site on my site and vice-versa..:-)

Ted D said...

christine, if you can tell me how to do that, I am OK with it. I'm warning you though, you are not talking to the sharpest knife in the shed here.

Red Thoughts said...

Hi Ted:

As I do not use Blogger, I have NO idea how to add links to your page...sorry!

You comments are up on my site-- as with all new users, I have to approve the 1st, and then you are all set...

Go Sox!