Recently, on several team blogs that I read, I noticed several people posting about why they are fans of certain teams. I decided to write down why I am a fan of the teams that I am a fan of. I’ll do one of these at a time and then post them all to my blog (www.bigbenstechnicalfoul.blogspot.com) Special thanks to Sox fan Rick Bentsen for inspiring me to write down my story.
Here goes nothing…….
Why I’m a fan of the Boston Red Sox………
In Utah, we don’t really have any connection to a baseball team. We have the Salt Lake Bees, the AAA affiliate of the Angels. We have a few low-level major league affiliates as well. None of these really get the population excited. Minor league baseball is hard to get into, simply because there is so much turnover.
We also have the Rockies in nearby Denver. Though we are technically the big cities in the Rocky Mountains, I can’t stand Denver area sports teams. Add the fact that the Rockies are a fairly new team (early 90’s) and they just have never caught on out here.
So, of course, I am merely just a bandwagon jumper. At a young age, I picked the Red Sox because I saw them on “Fox Saturday Baseball” and have been cheering for them ever since. Not quite…..
In the 1960’s my dad was growing up in Bountiful, UT. For his birthday one year, he received a glove with a printed autograph of Carl Yastrzemski. “Yaz” was known as one of the best players in the game. He was popular even in Utah. With this glove, my Dad became very popular when the kids would play pick up ball. He was always the first one picked, because of his glove. He became a Sox fan that day, and he passed it on to me.
We have gone to games together in Houston and Arlington (we lived in Texas for a time), but we have always cheered for the Red Sox. Someday, I plan on taking my Dad to Fenway. We will sit on top of the Monster and enjoy the game.
My favorite moment came in 2004 (I know, shocking). I was on my LDS mission. For those who don’t know, the rules are strict for LDS missionaries. You are only allowed to shop and email your family once a week. When it was my day to email my family, I got one from my Dad that told me about being down 3-0 to the Yankees. He knew I wanted to focus on my work and not get distracted by sports, so he didn’t mention them often.
The next week, I saw a tabloid at the store saying that the Red Sox had come back and won the ALCS. I laughed. They were down 3-0, and after all, this was a supermarket tabloid. When I read my Dad’s email, he was ecstatic. The Sox had done the impossible.
In 2007, we got to do what we didn’t do in ’04; we celebrated a World Series title together. I hope we get to celebrate many more together.
Thanks for reading everyone. I love to read why other's are Sox fans, so post your story if you have time!