To The Kids of Red Sox Nation

On the Wednesday afternoon before game 1, at the end of lunch period, I was asked to say a few words to the middle school students at the school where I work. Half of them were wearing Sox shirts and I’m sure the World Series was a hot topic of conversation between their bites of American chop suey. Fascinating, given that at least half of them would be asleep before the first pitch, and none would last past the third inning. Here’s what I said:

"I know you’re all really excited about the game tonight, and about the Sox being in the World Series, and you’re sure the Sox are going to win it all. And I agree. But think about all those kids in Denver who are also at school today, and are also excited about this World Series, and are as certain about a Rockies victory as we are about a Sox victory. Those poor kids. They don’t know what kind of team their Rockies are about to face. Can we have a moment of silence to reflect on the sadness these innocent kids will feel when they get thrashed by Beckett, Papi, Manny, and Papelbon? (cheers ensued…. )

And I want all of you to know how lucky you are to be a kid-Sox-fan in the year 2007. Your teachers and I spent our entire childhood and adulthood dealing with Red Sox agony year after year. Sometimes we wondered if the Red Sox would ever win another World Series. Your childhood has already included one World Series victory, and you’re about to witness the second World Series win in four years! (more cheers….. I was on a roll)

And finally, I have some advice for all of you. I know that most of you will be sent to bed by your parents before the second inning. So when you get home from school today, find a radio in your house, put new batteries in it, and hide it under your pillow. The World Series only comes once a year, and you never know when the Sox will make it this far again. This is only the fifth time the Sox have played in the World Series in the last 60 years! Make sure you are prepared to follow the game late into the night – you want to be paying attention when the Sox win! (more cheers…. then, they went out to recess)

But seriously, we don’t hear much about the Rockies fans, and we assume they’re in a different (lower) class that die hard Red Sox fans (the height of audacity), but crazy Rockies fans do exist, and their endless World Series drought is about to be extended…. mm hmm, we know how they feel. And yes, I am being overly optimistic. That is my job as Vice President of Red Sox Nation….

2 Comments

Yet another example of why you’re the right man for the job. 🙂

Go Sox!!!

Thank you so much for this article. I have been a sox fan all my life passed down generation after generation and I love my sox when they are winning but love them just as much as when they are losing. It’s really nice that you explained to these kids that there are Rockies kids out there and let our kids see the other side of the coin. Sometimes as adults we also need that refresher, I went to the Cleveland series in Cleveland and I was decked out in my Sox gear and I walked down th estreets and poeple just hated me because of the jersey I wore but I just said I know what it’s like to lose and thanked them for their hospitality. Even though it wasn’t very nice how they acted.
My point is yes, its nice to win and yes we have a wnning team after solong being denied a win in the series. I feel for those fans that we are beating because that was us before John Henry and the gang.

Thank you RED SOX! I just wish my grandparents could have seen it, I am sure they are looking down from heaven with huge smiles on their face. Go SOX

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