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Saturday, May 8, 2004

Perfect day at Fenway.

Mrs Philocrites' parents are in town for the weekend, and her dad wanted to watch a baseball game at Fenway Park. What a game to see! (Thanks to the scalpers, but that 120% mark-up was worth it today.) Curt Schilling pitched all nine innings, Pokey Reese hit an in-the-park homerun down the right field line — and then hit another over the Green Monster — and Jason Varitek (my personal hero while Trot Nixon is on the DL) stole second base twice.

My handful of Mormon readers will be pleased to learn that today was also LDS day at Fenway Park: My first clue came when a teenager wearing a "Old Nauvoo" T-shirt crossed in front of us in the line into the stadium. During the pregame show, a Mormon young woman who happens to work at Harvard Divinity School was introduced on camera for bringing 100 or more people from the Longfellow Ward of the LDS Church in Cambridge, and sure enough, if you looked up above the Red Sox bullpen, there they were: row after row of white-shirted, tie-and-nametag-wearing Mormon missionaries! I assume the non-missionary faithful were scattered elsewhere in the crowd.

Should we "Red Sox Theology Watch" fans consider today's game an answered prayer? Is Boston's formerly existential baseball team the new BYU, God's chosen team? We only have the evidence to go on: Boston 9, Kansas City 1.

Copyright © 2004 by Philocrites | Posted 8 May 2004 at 11:33 PM

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May 9, 2004 12:05 PM | Permalink for this comment


They are only building us up in order to break our hearts after the All Star Break.

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