i know there are some pretty rockin writers on this site, so youre just going to have to bear with me, as i dont really believe in the use of punctuation and i dont really capitalize when necessary. oh well.
i dont really even know where to start. it certainly was a trip that i will never forget, and getting 2 wins will definitely help the memory if and when i become an OPOS.
walking out of the sox 35th train stop and seeing the cell for the first time i actually got goosebumps. it was MUCH bigger than i had imagined, and seeing the 2005 ws banner put a huge grin on my face.i was completely surprised at how well the getting-into-the-stadium went. it was packed, but incredibly efficient. my seat on saturday was in box 526 row 19 in the first seat. so i was really high up, and i dont fancy anything quite that high. i got over it soon enough though as the beers started flowing. i felt like an 8 year old boy watching the cubs take batting practice, i just love watching baseball, even if its the opponent's warming up i guess. the game started beautifully. pods' double, che's sac bunt, dye's rbi double. as the game went on and neither team could hold the lead i have to admit, i was pretty certain we were going to lose the game, especially after DJ blew the hold (and the 3 errors to boot). i remember telling my "buddy" * before the game started that if anyone were to hit a home run that day, itd have to be a well hit, low flying line drive. POOF, pods to prove me right. then came the 9th inning and it was tied at 7. by this point i figured that if the game had gone back and forth so many times, why not one last time? in stepped the savior. i prayed that he would take a pitch. and when he made contact for about .0000658 seconds my heart dropped. then at .0000659 seconds after contact i realized that it was good contact. just deep enough, and just in the gap enough. besides a no no, or perfect game, i dont think i could have had a better frist sox game. myself and everyone (sox fans) were going fuckin batshit insane. i dont think ive EVER seen so many people be so jubilant. un. be. lievable.
enter sunday. fresh off a ridiculous game, my seat was in section 147 row 7 seat 4. i sat next to a couple who flew in from NYC to see the game. they didnt like either the soc or the cubs, they just love baseball and wanted to see a game between the chicago rivals. also they bought be and my "friend" * 2 rounds. because of these things i was able to forgive their preference of the yankees. we got to the cell a bit earlier on sunday because we knew we would have access to the fandeck and general outfield shops. being out in the fandeck, it made me completely re-evaluate just how hard it would be to hit a home run up there, let alone 2 of them. i remembered my camera this day, but before the game started the battery died so i only got pictures of the field, the statues, and a few of the players warming up. Frank wasnt too keen on fan interaction (at least when i was near) but i got him to turn and wave for a picture which is my 2nd favorite picture i took (the first being my new profile picture). this game was a fantastic game, and a great kicker to the walk off win. i havent seen video, but watching the game, i could see that danks had a crazy good changeup working for him, and listening to 670 on the way home, confirmed my observation. the sox played much better on sunday which made me feel better, being that i got to see a quality played game. defense - che's pic and toss to third (bacon reading that play, not over running the ball and having the heads up to get to the bag), offense - che's 2 run HR and 3 hits, dye's solo shot, general base running (sans bacon's pick off), and pitching - danks with a 4 hit 7 inning shut out without his good stuff, and most importantly linebrink with his 2 inning 0 hit, 0 walk 4 strike out performance. i almost shit when i saw him warming up in the pen, but more than elated after his performance.
the only things about the trip, would be the beer choices (im a bud light guy) and i would never go to a sox game (or anywhere for that matter) with my "friend" * again. ive been using the asterisks because the guy i went with facebooked that he had 2 tickets to the two games mentioned, and i thought why not? i only know this guy because we played on the same 8 year old baseball team together, and went to the same schools. not once did i ever hang out with him, nor did i (strangely) ever have a class with him. i thought this dude was weird to begin with, and this trip just confirmed my feeling. he ended up being one of those fans. you know, the guy that stands up and tries to start the "fuck the cubbies clap clap clapclapclap" chants, repeats it for 5 or 6 times even though no one around has caught on. which leads me to the next semi-disappointing thing about the 2 games. the fights in the seats. whats the point? however, i was pretty pleased with how knowledgeable and nice the sox fans (and most cubs fans) were about both sides. one more thing, i coudnt fid the 2005 ws trophy. is it not on display like i thought it was for some reason?
overall, i couldnt have asked for a better sox-home-game(s) premiere. great atmosphere, great people, and certainly great memories were created over the course of the weekend. i cant wait to go to a night game, and a game in which the cell is filled with just sox fans. those, i think, would be just as equal experiences. go sox!
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