Just like every year, there were several things I was giving thanks for on Thanksgiving Day this past Thursday.
There are the obvious things, like family, significant others, friends, good health. Those are the essentials of life that are always at the top of the list.
And then, there are the smaller things that not everybody appreciates. One of those things for me — and probably for you too, since you are reading a Red Sox blog — is the 2018 Red Sox. Watching the Red Sox this year, especially in October, was one of the highlights of my entire year.
It might sound silly to include sports on the list of things I’m thankful for on Thanksgiving. After all, sports aren’t really an important factor of life, at least not for somebody like me. I’m not an athlete. I don’t actually play these games. To me, watching is just a hobby; a form of entertainment. I’m just a fan.
But that’s exactly why I’m thankful for sports. That’s exactly why I’m thankful for this Red Sox season. Even though watching baseball is just a hobby of mine, it brought me so much joy and happiness in 2018 that I’m actually really, really grateful that I got to experience it.
Going all the way back to the early months when Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez engaged in a mini home run race, to watching the Red Sox sweep the Yankees at Fenway Park in early August, to later eliminating the Yankees from the playoffs on their own home field, to watching Steve Pearce go deep twice in Game 5 of the World Series, to watching Chris Sale strikeout Manny Machado to clinch the championship … every second of it was incredible.
And then seeing Mookie win the American League MVP award, well… that was just an added bonus.
Not everybody can understand why we love these things so much. My girlfriend is one of those people. I told her about how I can’t wait to order the 2018 World Series DVD set and watch all of the games again, and it’s just beyond her comprehension that I would actually want to re-watch games that I’ve already seen.
I told her it’s no different than her re-watching the Harry Potter movies every two months. We all love our hobbies, as goofy as they are.
It might not be something everybody thinks about, but it’s something I think about. Especially right now, in the midst of a brutal Celtics slump, the memories of the 2018 Sox become even more amazing. I will always be thankful that they gave us an incredible year.
So, when I was devouring turkey and mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving Day, I was saying thank you to the Red Sox. I’m sure a few of you were too.