Posted By Cyn on March 31, 2013
As I type this, I’m watching the first game of the 2013 season being played out on ESPN and wondering why the hell I didn’t realize Lance Berkman was still playing Major League Baseball.
For me, it’s been a long, odd off-season that culminated in my finally finding full-time work after looking for it for three years. So while I now have less time to blog I actually have more of a passion for it again. April 1st is coming just in time. Of course, a new job also means no sneaking away tomorrow to watch the Red Sox in the Bronx, but it’s a price I’m okay with paying (especially since I’m most likely going to be sitting in Fenway Park on April 8th).
Good lord, I still can’t stand John Kruk. (Sorry, that was a reaction to ESPN. I’ve decided I will NEVER be happy with anyone they have calling the Sunday games and I’m just going to have to accept it. Which is why I’m now watching the game with the sound off and listening to John Owen-Jones on my iTunes.)
So the plan here is to pick up where I left off when the Red Sox weren’t destroying my soul and the idea of writing about them didn’t make me want to openly weep. With the schedule I’m keeping right now, I can’t guarantee that the blog entries will come at the same time each day, but I really do intend on blogging daily again. To those of you who have, thanks for sticking with me! Of course I realize that I’ve neglected this place so long there could be serious drop off in visitors. I’m going to have to work on that too!
Tomorrow there will be a giveaway announced. The kind folks at MPI/FilmBuff have offered up three copies of the DVD of the documentary Knuckleball for Toeing the Rubber readers! Tomorrow because, and I know I can be honest with you all, I’m about ready to keel over from this weekend. I’m getting old. Full-time work and a weekend full of baking and Easter fun has worn me out. I promise I’m going to start filling up on Red Bull if I have to in order to keep up with this team this year.
I’m actually excited. I’m one of those people who believes in new years and clean slates and all that new season happiness so I’m forgetting that last year sucked just about every last bit of happiness out of me and left me by the side of the road for dead. April 1st is a whole new season, Red Sox fans. And until this game I’m watching is over, the Red Sox are in first place!
Posted By Cyn on February 12, 2013
I feel like the last 16 months have been part of the longest off-season in the history of baseball.
Last week I was forced to miss attending Truck Day for the first time in about five years and for a couple of days I really dwelled on how miserable that made me. And it was acknowledging to myself that I really wanted to be standing on Van Ness Street in the freezing cold watch vacuums and compression shorts being loaded onto an equipment truck that made me realize the Red Sox aren’t dead to me.
And, really, for a while there I was worried that they were.
But no, as happens every freaking year the sonofabitches have my heart. I saw a photo of a trimmed-down John Lackey and read a blurb about how good he feels and thought “Hey, he could win 18 games this year!” I got excited when I read that regardless of whatever drama circled around the Mike Napoli signing, he always knew he’d be with the Red Sox. And if you aren’t on Twitter (or if you are and don’t follow him) you’ve missed the absolute joy that Will Middlebrooks has been tweeting with in regard to the team and this season. His enthusiasm is contagious. I also have to admit I melted inside when I read this Twitter exchange yesterday between Middlebrooks and Gabe Kapler:
I’m such a mush.
Today begins the first official day of workouts in Fort Myers. A week from Thursday are the games against Northeastern and Boston College and on February 23rd we get the first real game of Spring Training (against the Tampa Bay Rays at Jet Blue Park). My fingers might be freezing as I type this but I can feel the sunshine bursting through and soon enough we get baseball…real baseball…and dammit even though I really thought I might not care this year…I really do.