Apparently the Red Sox Powers That Be are afraid of being "insensitive" by handing out the 2004 World Championship rings at the Red Sox home opener since that game will be played against one of the teams they defeated to get the title - the MotherFucking Yankees. This is some of the dumbest shit I've ever heard. For one thing, the Sox don't owe the Yankees a goddamn thing, cause you know for sure that Steinbrenner would go ahead with it if the shoe was on the other foot. I have been looking forward to that moment all winter; getting to see the Sox handed their rings while Slappy, Captain Intangibles, Jorge Passballa and all the other Pinstripers get to look on from the visiting dugout, hopefully with thoughts of their horrible choke job and how that could have been them dancing in their heads on what would surely be one of the sweetest days of my baseball fandom. But no. Some politically correct motherfucker is trying to rain on my parade, and I don't like it. It's not my fault as a fan that the schedule for 2005 was rigged for tv ratings, with the first and last weeks of the season being filled with Yankees games, and neither is it our fault that the Yankees suffered from the worst case of Dick In Mouth Disease in the history of baseball last October. Lets see the Sox get their rings on the day of their home opener just like any other team would, and fuck the Yankees and their hurt feelings.
The article did say one thing that cheered me up, however: "Out of respect to Garciaparra and Martínez, numbers 45 and 5 will not be given out this season and possibly longer. Both are candidates to have their number retired at Fenway at some point in the future." Sweet!
And finally, it's the first Official Day of Spring Training! Whoopppeeeeeeeeee!
Thursday, February 17, 2005