View the PDF from Boston Metro (09/24/2004)
Every story has its Genesis, and SawxBlog is no exception, with the birth date for my labor of love being September 29, 2004 - seven short years ago. The night before the Red Sox had clinched a playoff spot, something that wasn't yet taken for granted or expected - and as I stumbled into my apartment from the bar, I wrote down my immediate thoughts in a haze of dollar drafts and hope, then clicked send.
The next morning during my commute I began reading the Boston Metro, a free daily paper for commuters, and was shocked to see my words from the previous night in print. I read the short passage over and over again in disbelief - and this, is what inspired SawxBlog to be. I felt as if I had a voice that needed to be heard, and with the constant cynicism certain other blogs displayed (ruff, ruff), I felt like an injection of optimism and hope was necessary for Red Sox fans.
Less then a month later, on October 27, 2004, the Boston Red Sox won the World Series, and the rest as they say, is history. A lot has happened since that fateful day. Jobs have changed. Friends have come and gone. Loved ones have passed away. My girlfriend became my wife. And so on and so forth. A moment of time is just that, and nothing lasts forever - but the Red Sox have been constant and always there in my life, through both the good times and the bad. Sperm to Worm. Womb to Tomb.
Rooting for, and writing about the Red Sox has changed drastically too. The bandwagon of Sox fans has been overwhelming and unfortunate, but I take that as a result of success. This is what happens when you win Championships. Writing a blog on the Red Sox isn't that unusual anymore either, and the pond's gotten pretty full. I think for the most part this is a very good thing, and I welcome those passionate and crazy enough who want to join this weird fraternity. I've come close half a dozen times to shelving SawxBlog. Doing anything for seven years is hard, and this "hobby" is a taxing one that requires a lot of commitment and time. So often I've wanted to just "be a fan" - and not have to worry about writing or commenting on every turn made by the Red Sox.
SawxBlog will continue to evolve, but I'm not planning on going anywhere just yet, perseverance is a virtue I hold dear, and as we kick off the 2011 season I thought it'd be good to remember where this all came from. I want to thank you all for reading and for your support, you've kept me writing when I wanted to stop, and have always been generous with your enthusiasm and time. This blog has afforded me opportunities I only would have dreamed of in a past life, and it's helped make the possible real, and for that, I'm eternally grateful.
Baseball's just a game - and the Red Sox are just a Team - but in Boston we know that's not true, and I thank you for "getting it". So here's to the 2011 Boston Red Sox. The year of Hope and Optimism is upon us. I look foward to taking another magical ride with you - and God willing, many more.