New Season, New World Series Run

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 was easily the greatest day of my entire life as a fan of the Boston Red Sox. I attended Game 6 of the World Series.  Today the Sox kick off the 2014 season, and I'm just as giddy as I was when I watched history at Fenway Park. 

Baseball is pretty much a counting game, and the game has been re-set. 2013 will always be there, but the Red Sox are 0-0 on the season and face off against the Baltimore Orioles, a team that actually had a winning record against the defending World Champs. You have to go back to 2011 before you find a season where the Red Sox won more often than they lost against the O's. Despite the odds, I expect great things today, and for the rest of the season.

Anytime I'm not feeling confident about the Red Sox nowadays, I just look at the roster of the Los Angeles Dodgers and thank God that they're taking on the cost of several players that won't be worth their salaries in a few years.

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Fourteen Red Sox players have won three titles as members of the Boston Red Sox. Babe Ruth,Everett ScottHarry HooperDick HoblitzellHeinie WagnerCarl MaysDutch Leonard Pinch Thomas Larry Gardner Duffy Lewis, Hick CadyOlaf Henriksen and Bill Carrigan are thirteen..and Big Papi makes fourteen. 
 
Heinie Wagner and Harry Hooper have 4 titles, however you can argue that Hall of Famer Harry Hooper is a true 4 time Red Sox World Series Champion because he actually played in 4 Red Sox World Series. Wagner only played in 1 World Series, but was on the roster of 4 championship teams. 
 
What does this mean? Big Papi has a chance to become just the third Red Sox player with 4 World Series titles as a member of the Red Sox. That's pretty amazing. 

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A few Red Sox & MLB predictions, which I'll come back to later this year and laugh at:

Big Papi has almost exactly the same season as last year. In fact, I think he'll have nearly identical numbers every year until he retires.

Will Middlebrooks will be traded by All Star Break

Clay Buchholz will content for the Cy Young Award. Overall, there's potential for 4 starters w/ 12-+ wins. 

Bogaerts is going to elevate to the next level and everybody will be wearing his t-shirt

A.J. Pierzynski will have better numbers than Jarrod Saltalamacchia, but A.J. might be traded by the All Star Break as well.

The Red Sox should acquire Dan Haren down the stretch when Jake Peavy turns into Ryan Dempster.

John Adams Was A Wise Man

“The more Adams thought about the future of his country, the more convinced he became that it rested on education. Before any great things are accomplished, he wrote to a correspondent, a memorable change must be made in the system of education and knowledge must become so general as to raise the lower ranks of society nearer to the higher. The education of a nation instead of being confined to a few schools and universities for the instruction of the few, must become the national care and expense for the formation of the many.” 
― David McCulloughJohn Adams

I've been reading David McCullough's John Adams for approximately 647 days, according to GoodReads.com. Truth is, I've read a few books while I've trudged through this beast of a book. The thing is, it's not a bad book. It's just a massive book. I've rededicated myself to finishing it (see a trend here?), and with it, I've noticed that John Adams and Abigail Adams and Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin, and all the rest of the people that were living in the early days of the revolution were incredibly interesting. I can't help but wonder if books written 300 years from now will show the current residents of Earth in such an interesting light.

The quote above is timeless, and can be used to suggest John Adams supports everything from Universal Pre-K to free higher education. Both might be true if the second President of the United States of America were around today for a quick Q&A to confirm. It opens up a huge can of worms. What would John Adams think about charter schools? Where would he stand on standardized testing? How about teacher tenure?

The best answer to these questions can be found simply by googling John Adams quotes. Googling gives millions of results, all claiming quotes by Adams, and then there are even more websites claiming misquotes. 

I wanted to share the quote above because it created a reaction from me when I read it. Like a "Heck Yeah!" reaction, where I wished I could shout it out loud, like it'd make a difference. I ended up posting a photo of the paragraph to Instagram. I didn't post to Facebook because I thought it'd create a discussion that either paints me as a liberal hippy or cause a comment by one friend to offend another who might work in academia. 

I thought about how quotes inspire us to share them, because they create that reaction, and then I thought how rarely do people try to attribute quotes to sources? I guess it doesn't really matter, right? It's the one or two lines of inspiration, who cares if it wasn't really spoken or written by the person you attribute it to?

I'm too lazy to research it and add it here, but John Wayne has been the unfortunate subject of a lot of misquotes that are shared on social media. Poor guy. 

I've kind of lost my point, which is addressing the importance of making sure a quote is actually tied to the person you're referencing. So let's wrap it up.

John Adams was an incredibly bright individual, and he likely would have supported whatever things I support, because he famously might've once said, “Let us tenderly and kindly cherish therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.” 

 

A New Blogging Home!

So I've moved from Wordpress to Squarespace, and I'm not certain why, considering I haven't been blogging at all recently...but here we are. In a new space.

Part of the reason for the move is I'm hoping to reinvent myself as a blogger, and to rededicate myself as a writer.  I've used Wordpress, Blogger, and Livejournal, and I've blogged with various shades of anonymity. (I'm wicked pumped that I spelled anonymity correctly the first time as well. I definitely googled it afterward to be sure Squarespace just didn't lack the red underlining when a word is misspelled.)  Like I said, I'm not even certain why I'm here, but I am, so pardon the out loud conversation I'm having in my head.

So what will this blog have? I have no idea yet. I hope to get back into baseball, as well as photoblogging while cycling around New York City and beyond. When I first blogged, back in 2002, I blogged about daily adventures and current events. I'm not sure if I'll get that in depth, but I might try. 

Twitter has served as a microblogging feature for me, and a lot of times a 500 word story can be shortened to 140 characters of hashtags. I think I need to get away from microblogging, and back into using more words to flesh out a story.

From 2009-2012 I wrote extensively about baseball, regularly pumping out 300-1000 words a day. Then it dropped off, to the point where this is the longest blog post I've written in more than a year. 

I've downloaded the Squarespace app and I'm hoping that that will encourage me to keep this up. I've downloaded the Wordpress app and did nothing with it, so this might be a big challenge. However, why not? Why not accept the challenge of writing? I recently have started to get back into reading regularly, because Stephen King once said, "If you don't have time to read, you don't have time to write."

So this is my intro, to a new space. I won't be linking my own content because it feels really old. What happens here is the next episode. 

p.s. I love the ease of Squarespace's layout. So awesome.