By TERRY LYONS, Editor in Chief
BOSTON – The Boston Marathon is inspirational, but today, the Sox were not.
Paul Revere‘s ride was inspirational.
Tiger Woods winning his 5th Masters was inspirational.
Fenway Park on any day of the season is inspirational, but today, on Patriots’ Day 2019, it was not meant to be as the Red Sox lost, 8-1.
Fenway usually embodies the spirit, the love of sport, of baseball … but … today, even with a cold Sam Adams in hand, whether it was Sam 26.2 or Sam ’76 – it just didn’t happen.
The season is long, though, so we take inventory after the first home-stand and a (6-11) start and we must think of the bigger picture.
Respecting your opponent, even if it’s the win-challenged Baltimore Orioles, is inspirational. Orioles first baseman Chris Davis battling through a 54-at bat slump and getting a hit was inspirational, but the fact the Fenway Faithful gave him a hand on Saturday was even better. Today, Davis hit a home run and it was the final blow.
T,J, Connelly (aka @Senator John) – the Fenway DJ is inspirational. Hearing the organist, Josh Kantor equally thrilling. He’s magical. Together? They are Summer, like the Ale. Like Fenway Park – the most beloved place on this earth.
U2’s “Bad” is inspirational. The fact T.J. – aka @SenatorJohn plays it every Patriots’ Day to get the party started is, well, inspirational.
First pitch at 11:06am, 56-degrees, winds from the South at 9mph is inspirational. Not so sure about Christian Vazquez playing 2B but turning a 4-6-3 double-play in the top of the 1st inning was proof and provided a reason to be inspired in the 1st inning today.
Everybody wearing No. 42 is inspirational.
A “Town Meeting” on the pitcher’s mound in the top of the 2nd inning of a 1-0 game is not inspirational, but we could live with it if they’d rule against mound visits in the first three innings, unless the manager is removing the pitcher or for an obvious injury.
John Fogerty’s “Centerfield,” is inspirational.
Catching a foul ball is inspirational, the sheer joy of a Mom or Dad handing it to their son/daughter is priceless. Dropping that foul from the upper deck to fall to the fans below … is not.
Honoring the Military and first responders, police, fire fighters, all – is inspirational. Everyday people running the Marathon to raise tens of millions for charity is inspirational.
Striking out the side (like Marcus Walden did in the 4th inning) is inspirational. Mookie Betts batting .222 after today’s game … is not.
Bruce Springsteen is inspirational and playing his anthem, “Born to Run,” with highlights of today’s Marathon on Fenway’s big screen was a lay-up for cheers!
MLB umpires working hard to get the call right is inspirational, but lengthy (1-minute, 47 seconds) instant replay reviews are not.
Trailing 4-0 in the bottom of the 5th, runners on first and third, none out can be inspirational. Plating one run and going into the top of the 6th, down three runs is not.
Perfect execution, 1st to 3rd on a hit and run, even on Mookie Betts’ throwing arm, is inspirational. A Steve Pearce circus catch to save a back-breaking run, even better.
The segue of “God Bless America” to “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” in the middle of the 7th inning is inspirational. Letting up two runs in the 8th on a Davis HR over the Monster … was not, never mind two more in the 9th.
The Martin Richard Foundation is inspirational, as is keeping the memory of the 2013 Marathon bombing victims alive, forever. Krystal Campbell, 29, was inspirational to so many of her friends and to her family. Lu Lingzi, 23, was inspired to come to America and to Boston to study and learn in our town. She will inspire students everywhere. Sean Collier, 26, inspires police officers and trainees to this day. May they rest in peace as we celebrate their memories today with a moment of silence.
Thanksgiving Day is inspirational. Christmas Day is inspirational, but Patriots’ Day and the Boston Marathon is next in line for New Englanders and, like Tiger at The Masters, it might become No. 1.
Gotta go now, despite the ass-kicking of the Red Sox by the Orioles, I’ve been inspired by the marathoners. It’s time to cheer a few on to the finish line.
For the Red Sox?
They need to be inspired.