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Rainy Day Blues

By: Ira H. Perkins IV

I was expecting all good things for the start of this week. I spent the the morning in the yard cleaning up after another hard Maine winter. The whole time my mind was locked on the 2:05 start at Fenway Park. It made the labor seem less taxing. Right around an hour before game time I flipped over the tv to NESN and watched an array of video packages the network had shot for Opening Day. I spent some time enjoying the light side of baseball. Player interviews, manager interviews and such. There was still a lot of unfinished work in the yard and I wanted to be in my chair by 2:05 without having to dwell on the looming piles of tree debris in the yard. I have some pep in my step, I am nearly in full baseball form. I even set the rake down for awhile to toss a tennis ball off the roof of the ranch style house I live in. At 2:05 I am in my chair and I am locked into ESPN2 ready for Red Sox baseball. I am sure you can imagine my surprise to be watching an Indians-Rangers broadcast.

As I am sitting there watching Cliff Lee get shelled by the offensively potent Ranger line-up I am going over in my mind a few things. "Did I get the time right?", "Am I tuned into the right network" and the most obvious "Is it even Monday?!". When I finally cleared these questions from my mind that all seemed too simple to even be questioned and otherwise wouldn't if it wasn't Opening Day a slight disappointed feeling slid into my conscienceness. I was maybe even borderline angry. I had to check the emotions that were eating at me and remember the silver lining in the Red Sox rainout cloud. The Sox will be there tomorrow and ready to play ball and even more still... there will be hundreds of thousands of fans like me ready to standby faithfully. We'll be tracking every pitch, every at bat in hopes that Boston will be playing ball in October.


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