As I sit here and watch the Red Sox try to win Game 2, I recall when the Sox won it all in 2004. Such an amazing time to be a fan, especially a fan that still had ‘the faith.’ Before it cost money to be a fan (ala Red Sox Nation) and before it cost several hundred dollars for a few folks to go to the game together and go grab a bite before or after. But I digress.
There are two moments I remember clearly during the playoffs and series in 2004. The first is just jumping off my chair when the Sox took the series from the Cardinals and hugging my husband. We were truly blissful that ‘The Curse’ had finally been broken, and we were fans on the winning side. We got to know those guys almost intimately – Damon, Veriteck, Millar, and of course my main men Pedro, Manny and Big Papi. That feeling of joy still makes me grin.
The other moment is actually a series of moments, of running home from work with Julia, who was almost four years old at the time, getting her positioned in front of the TV on her own little upholstered chair with the horses on it that Mimi and Papa got her, with a little tray to eat her supper off of, making dinner and watching the game and the child at the same time, each playoff game. Something to look forward to each night, and Julia went right along with the scurrying around, then the settling down to watch the game with her Mama. She would cheer for Big Papi and Pedro, mimicking me, taking her queue from her mom, her role model. She loved the game and she loved watching with me, with both of us. Jeremy worked nights in those days and sometimes Julia would just be going to bed when he got home to his tired, bleary eyed but happy girl. She was thrilled to see Daddy, but we gals took care of ourselves at night, and she was normally in bed and asleep by the time he got home.