Re: A Tip Of The Cap To One Of Our Own:Moonslav59
posted at 4/26/2012 11:24 PM EDT
I became a Sox fan at age 13 when my childhood baseball hero, Tommy Harper, was traded to the Red Sox from Milwaukee (my home from age 9 to age 12). My family had moved to Maine.
I used to score every game I could by radio or TV. I cried in '75. My heart was broken in '78 and '86 and bruised many more times.
Talking Sox has been one of my favorite pasttimes. When I moved from Maine to Mexico in 2004, I lost my Sox lifeline. Although I still watch nearly every inning of every game, I missed the chatter. This site filled that gap. I know many of you look at nearly 24,000 posts and think "get a life". My guess is that many of you have made 24,000 Sox statements verbally around the "water cooler" as well. Now I'm in Texas, and the water cooler talk isn't even about baseball.
I love the Sox. I try not to be a "homer". I try to stay unbiased, but I know I have my positions of which some are controversial, and some have been critical of parts of the Sox team. I have stated my opinions and projections and have been wrong more times than I care to talk about, but I never back down from a mistake or try to rewrite my history. There was a time many here thought I was a troll, because of my "No Manny- No Rings" thread and my criticism of "Theo apologists" at the same time law was "pink hating" and "army stronging" 100 times a day. I once posted a thread on Theo's major trades and signings from the Nomar deal to the present. It wasn't a pretty analysis. I've been accused of being a Globe plant, a "NY Times schill" and worse by our resident silly clown, and more. I have gotten personal at times, but try hard to avoid it.
I love the game of baseball and have played it out of joy and with passion. As I aged, I played softball. I love defense. I love to watch the game. It relaxes me. it makes me a better person. One thing I think this board might have a false impression of about me, is that I am some math nerd engrossed in numbers, stats, and data. That I don't see the subtleties of the game. That I don't value personal observation and anecdotal evidence. That I can't enjoy the game, because I'm tallying a lost out by our low-ranged SS. That somehow, one can not do both. Guys, I don't look to stats to foem my opinions. I use stats and data to support my positions or counter opinions I may disagree with or that I see fault in, or sometimes, just to show that there is another way of looking at an issue. I don't see things in black or white. I see a lot of gray, and maybe that's why I am open to other opinions and serious discussions and debates. I haven't been swayed very often, but I have changed some views based on some poster's steadfast articulations (i.e. the CERA issue, the Ellsbury is not a good fielder issue, the Manny was a cheat position, and more).
I've made some calls about this years team. I make projections every year. They are on page one of my "Realistic Thread" and aren't going anywhere. I challenged others to do the same, but few did. I'll bet they will all be here in September saying "I told you so", but with no recoreded record. Some of my calls are sure to be wrong. It wouldn't be the first time, but at least I put it out there. I welcome debate. I welcome differing opinions. I welcome Yankee fans who are open and respectful.
There are certainly problems with this board and with the Globe, but it's been a rock for me. I hope we can go forward with less petty bull. I hope we don't scare away longtime great posters and fresh newbies, but at times I have become disheartened here. Winning can change that again, but should Sox fans really be judged as good sports only when we win? I hope not.
It's these tough times that show who we really are. Let's show 'em guys!