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Tue, Oct. 21st, 2008, 09:34 am
Red Sox: The Best of

I have to say, the 2008 season has been my favorite season so far.  Even though we didn't win any pennants, I was blessed enough to go to so many games (18!), watch them win 11 times, sit in some great seats, and spend some time with my favorite people in the world.  Here's some of my highlights of the season:

Best pre-game ceremony:  The Home Opener, April 8, 2008 - You can't beat front row seats to the unfurling of the Green Monster-sized 2004 and 2007 World Series Champions banners, a fighter jet flyby, first pitch by Bill Buckner, and World Series ring ceremony, topped off by a 5-0 win for the Red Sox.

Best away game:  Red Sox at Detroit, May 6, 2008 - My first time at a game by myself, but I got to catch Papelbon teaching Okajima how to play craps during BP, and my pictures and video made it onto deadspin.com, among other places.

Best seats (three-way tie):  That would be a tie between when Anna offered me the seats on the HP Pavilion and when Ethan offered me tickets for the Green Monster for 2 Yankees games (one of which turned out to be the game that they retired Pesky's number at).  Thanks again, Anna and Ethan!

Best pitched game:  Red Sox vs. Royals, May 19, 2008 - No doubt about it, the no-hitter by Lester (ironically, these would probably be the worst seats ever).  I feel like I watched a boy become a man that night.  Still can't believe I got to be there.  Um, I didn't mean for that to sound so dirty....

Best game I didn't go to:  Red Sox vs. Rangers, August 12, 2008 - The Sox score 10 runs in the first inning, including 2 3-run homers by Papi, and yet lose the lead in the 6th inning, only to come back in the 8th to win it.  Final score, 19-17.  Crazy.

Best game I had tickets for but didn't go to:  Red Sox vs. Cleveland, September 23, 2008 - Not so much for the game itself, but what happened afterwards.  The Sox clinched their playoff berth, and I missed the celebration because I was on a plane.  Bugger.  (And btw, last year's AL East pennant clincher is still my favorite experience at Fenway, ever.)

Best surprise:  Red Sox vs. Rays, September 8, 2008 - Again, not so much for the game itself but this time, for what happened beforehand.  Meeting Justin Masterson and having him recognize me and shaking his hand...I still get a huge smile on my face when I think about it.  Also, this was the 456th record-breaking consecutive sell-out game, so now I have my name listed somewhere in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Best three innings of a game:  Red Sox vs. Rays, October 16, 2008 - Second biggest comeback in a playoff game ever (and biggest comeback in an elimination game ever).  While jeering Whee-ler and How-ell with the rest of the crowd, I really felt like I was actually doing something for my team.  And I still can't believe we won.  And that I was there.  And that we had cupholders.  Cupholders!
 
You know all those billboards I've been taking pictures of throughout the season?  Well, I got this in my mailbox today:


Hee, I was there for all of those except Bay's first game-winner.  What an amazing year it's been.  Thanks, Jesus.

And finally, I leave you with one of my favoritest quotes ever:  "People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball.  I'll tell you what I do--I stare out the window and wait for spring."  - Rogers Hornsby