Wednesday, April 11, 2007

From Holy Day to holiday!

What more could anyone ask for? An incredibly powerful Holy Week; a packed Church for every Easter Sunday Mass - and, then the Home Opener of the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park two days later!

Fr. Mike and I were lucky enough to be among the Fenway Faithful yesterday as the Red Sox took on the Seattle Mariners for the home opener at our beloved park. As someone who appreciates ritual done well; after the Sacred Liturgy, the BoSox perhaps do it best!

Yesterday's pre-game rituals were just what anyone would expect. There was a moving tribute to the 1967 Impossible Dream Team - the team that got the modern fandom to where it is today, bringing the team back to the World Series after a long drought. Robert Goulet (who I never knew was a Lawrence, MA native) sang "The Impossible Dream" from "The Man of LaMancha." Harry Connick Jr. sang "America the Beautiful." And the remaining members of the 1967 team came onto the field to assume their former positions in 1967 uniforms. They collectively through out the first ceremonial pitch to receiving current Red Sox players. All I can say is that Yaz looks great. We should put him back on the roster!

The beloved Johnny Pesky entered the field to a standing ovation - and he gently wiped a tear from his eye after the response from the fans.

And, in a sign of where things are headed - it was all about the Japanese invasion! Dice-K also received a standing "O" and he wasn't even pitching. And, speaking of pitching, Josh Beckett was nothing short of dominant. This is going to be a powerful season for the 26-year-old and for the team.

And, of course, some good Fenway cuisine - a nice philly cheese steak from El Tiante's!

So, let it begin again. Let us go all the way! See you in the World Series! So, really, what more could you ask for? Well, a 14-3 win didn't hurt!

Play ball!

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