Clinton, South Carolina, Thursday, November 3, 2016, 10:22 a.m.
Life will change, Cubs fans, and for the good. This I know.
The reason I have rooted for the Boston Red Sox for my entire life is that my late father’s favorite baseball player was Ted Williams, and my first rich memory of the game was in 1967, when Williams’ successor in left field, Carl Yastrzemski, became my favorite ballplayer.
My father didn’t live to see the Red Sox win the World Series. Williams didn’t live to see it. Yaz didn’t play long enough but goes to spring training and shows up at Fenway Park from time to time.
Baseball used to be an addiction. The highs were never as high as the lows were low. Now it’s a virtue. It’s more religion than sport. This century has been the New Testament. The angry God became merciful.
I was rooting for the Indians. I am forever grateful to Terry Francona. As long as he manages any team other than the Yankees, I’ll hope he wins every game that isn’t against the Red Sox.
Here’s what winning World Series three times in the past 13 seasons has done for Red Sox fans. Baseball doesn’t take years off our lives anymore. This year the Red Sox had a fine season, but they lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Tribe.
It’s okay. They’ll be good next year, too. It was a damned fine season.
If they had not broken the ice in 2004, I would be devastated. I used to think the Red Sox were God’s personal punishment for all my sins.
In this year’s World Series, both teams had Boston written all over their rosters and management. I’m happy for the Cubs. I’m sorrowful for the Indians. I hope they win it next year, unless, of course, they stand in the way of the Red Sox.
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Cowboys Come Home is my brand-new, fresh-off-the-press western, a tale of two World War II veterans of the Pacific who come back home to Texas, intent on resuming their cowboy ways.
Forgive Us Our Trespasses is the latest. It’s a tale about a crooked politician who wants to be governor, whatever it takes, and another man trying to stop him. It’s outrageous.
Crazy of Natural Causes is about the fall and rise of Chance Benford, a Kentucky football coach who reinvents himself. It’s original.
The Intangibles is about the South in the 1960s, complete with racial strife, bigotry, resentment, cultural exchange and, of course, high school football.
The Audacity of Dope is the tale of Riley Mansfield, a pot-smoking songwriter turned national hero with a taste for the former and a distaste for the latter.
Longer Songs is a collection of 11 short stories that all began in songs I wrote.
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