At The Ballyard ... with Steve Weissman

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

On This Day, We Give Thanks

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and I’d like to use this space today to give thanks for what we have, and for what we don’t.

  • I’m thankful we have the Red Sox, without which our summers might be more peaceful, but certainly more empty as well.
  • I’m thankful we don’t have a multi-decade championship drought to brag about.
  • I’m thankful we have the PawSox, Rox, Pride, Cape League, and myriad other sources of quality baseball that prove a good time can be had away from Fenway Park.
  • I’m thankful we don’t have stadium issues that could leave Fenway as empty as Dolphins Stadium may be in July 2009.
  • I’m thankful that major league baseball and the player’s association were able to agree on a policy to take drugs out of our game.
  • I’m thankful we don’t have Congressional legislation to do the same.
  • I’m thankful that the Sox have rebuilt their farm system to the point where prospects can be summoned to help the big-league team (e.g., Papelbon) and used to trade for established talent (e.g., Beckett, apparently).
  • I’m thankful the Sox don’t have a general manager, a first baseman, possibly a left- and center-fielder, and a reliable closer – for it they did, what would we possibly have to complain about?
Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!

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