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Sunday, October 17, 2004

David Ortiz: I sense a comeback!

Bottom of the fifth, Ortiz puts the Red Sox on top! Could be the start of something beautiful. Or . . . never mind.

Copyright © 2004 by Philocrites | Posted 17 October 2004 at 10:16 PM

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October 17, 2004 10:38 PM | Permalink for this comment

Mrs Philocrites, watching the bobbles on the field that have given the Yankees the lead again, says, "It's like the Nine Stooges out there!" (She is reading Thomas Cranmer while watching the game. I'm trying to finish responding to Ron Suskind's article about Bush's faith. But those damn Yankees keep breaking our concentration.)

Jeff Wilson:

October 18, 2004 09:40 AM | Permalink for this comment

That's funny, I thought I was the only one out there reading and watching the game simultaneously. Maybe this is a wider phenomenon than I suspected, a way of dividing your attention from the sometimes excruciating facts on the field while still being ready to hoot when Ortiz finally sends that sucker all the way. I do feel reasonably comfortable that I was the only one reading "Free Religion" by Stow Persons at 1:25 this morning, but I'm not sure that's exactly a mark in my favor.

What would be really interesting for your Red Sox theology watch is if you discovered a pattern in what people read during the games. Perhaps there's a sort of scripture that one turns to, especially in October, for comfort/distraction while watching the Sox play.

Bob Smietana:

October 18, 2004 01:32 PM | Permalink for this comment

My daughter thinks (she's six) the Patriotshould take them on.

She still keeping the faithe

There are 4 games left in the ALCS, and the Sox need to win all 4. "So they still have enough chances," she told me in the car.

I just keep reading Scott Stassel's Globe piece, "Keep the Faith"

Here's what he wrote:

"For the vast majority of us, believing the Sox can win the WorldH Series requires believing in something that we have never seen -- just as faith in God requires a belief in the unseen.

In the meantime, the suffering of Red Sox fans is purifying, soul-deepening. Shared failure -- repeated failure, epic failure -- bonds us as a region. As the Sox slog through the dog days of summer and into the fall, we (like Angry Bill) know that they will fail -- we expect them to fail -- while at the same time we hope and believe that they will not. And when, one way or another, they do fail, redemption will be deferred yet again. But endlessly deferred redemption provides, paradoxically enough, its own kind of reward. It tests our faith and marks us as spiritually stronger than other fans for whom entrance into heaven is a far cheaper thing."

Keep hope alive.

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