Sorry that I have not posted since Wednesday; was lucky enough to get a little RnR with my husband, and have been in Central FL. We cashed in every favor we had, no kids for a 4 day trip. My Golf games were very humbling, having donated more than a few sleeves of Titleist's finest to Central Florida's waterways and alligator infested wetlands... but a bad day on the golf course still beats a good day of work.
I have to say that Red Sox Nation is alive and well in Florida. Was very easy for us to catch the Sox game each night, what a great surprise. Even though the basketball playoffs are on, each night we went to a sports bar, there were Sox fans who requested that NESN be on the big screen. Big thanks to the folks at Fridays Front Row and Buffalo Wild Wings, who made sure we all had good seats to watch the game, and cold Sam Adams available whenever ready. Who knew that I could go to FL and watch Beckett win his 6th game on a 120" plasma? It was the next best thing to being at the park, for sure.
Everywhere we went, at least one person would say hello, and acknowledge my "B" on my cap, or my Red Sox towel, or the Red Sox shirt my husband happened to be wearing, and tell me what a huge fan they were as well. From the Concierge at the Marriott, to the lady at the pool, to the waitress at the Appleby's in Kissimmee, to the guy next to me at the driving range... I felt like I never left New England. Except for the fact that it was 90 degrees, of course. No surprise that people all seemed pretty optimistic about the '07 season, having started out so strong. The consensus on Dice-K, from those that I met, is that no one really expected to be an 18 win starter right away, that he needs to learn the MLB strikezone, and it will take time. Next year he will be better. As one lady put it, "He needs to take his lumps, just like Beckett did last year, and then he will come back again in '08 stronger."
We did meet one Yankee fan, a cowboy originally from Syracuse NY. Real sweetheart, what a riot he was. Hopefully I can figure out how to download all my pictures off of our new camera, and I will post a few shots. The one of him and I next to the 120" plasma with Jason Varitek, I hope has come out OK. I will get back to you on that.
Word is out that Clemens has gone to the Dark Side once again... I will save that story for tomorrow's blog. For today, just know that 1. Yankees throwing insane amounts of cash to him shouldn't be a big surprise, folks 2. 44 is not the number on his back, it is how old he is.
44 44 44 44 44 44 44 44 44 44 44 need I say more?