Today is “truck day” in Boston. It’s the day all the Red Sox equipment leaves Fenway Park, and heads south to Fort Meyers, Florida for spring training.
Rhode Island Public Radio sports commentator Mike Szostak says after a dismal last season, this year’s truck day might be especially hopeful for fans. “Well it probably has special significance coming after last year’s last place finish, because it’s the beginning of the turnaround. So I think that’s another reason why the Red Sox, as well as their fans are eager to see that truck head south to Fort Meyers.”
The Red Sox duck boat parade streamed through the streets of Boston as fans by the hundreds of thousands lined up to cheer on the improbable dream team that won the 2013 World Series.
While no athletic accomplishment can ever leaven the horror of the Boston Marathon bombings for survivors and the still-suffering families shattered by this cowardly act of terrorism, it was nonetheless grand to see the simple majesty of a gesture made at the road race finish line by Red Sawx players.
The Boston Red Sox, New England’s most beloved sports team, are the world champions of baseball. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders what we can learn from these men who played a boys game with joy.
Fifty years ago, the French-born cultural historian Jacques Barzun wrote a lyrical paean to baseball. His most noted passage was that ``whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball, the rules, and reality of the game.’’
Tomorrow’s game at Fenway Park is the crucial one in this World Series. It is an advantage for Boston that the Old Towne Team has two games to win one; the Cahdinals backs are against the proverbial wall.