The date was July 24, 2004.
The place was the legendary Baseball Tavern on Boylston Street, within close proximity of Fenway Park. (For fans of the Baseball Tavern, I am excited to announce that it will be reopening in two years in the New Fenway Development!)
The time was early afternoon.
The cast included me, my husband, my future sister-in-law and my brother-in-law, along with a few close associates of his.
The weather was cold, damp and rainy.
The scene was typical of a Red Sox pregame. Hoards of twenty and thirty- somethings gathered for food and beverage before heading over to the much anticipated rivalry match-up between the beloved home team and the “Evil Empire”, the New York Yankees. The rain was evident outside, but there was no news of cancelling the game, so the faithful continued with their festivities. That is, until we heard a fateful cry. That was when it all changed.
“It’s PPD! It’s PPD” cried a man with a thick British (or maybe it was Australian) accent.
“PPD! What does that mean?” I asked my husband and brother-in-law, who politely explained to me that the game was “postponed.” Confused, I asked if that meant cancelled all together or just a rain delay. I was not alone in my confusion. According to the ESPN Game Recap , the grounds crew wanted to cancel the game, but the Red Sox players fought for it to be played. In fact, some Yankees players showered, thinking the game had been called off. But fortunately for Red Sox Nation, that game was played after a 54 minute start time delay.
In case you do not remember the specifics from this game, here is a recap:
Heading into the game, the Red Sox were 9 1/2 games behind the Yankees in the division.
It was a back and forth game that included manager Terry Francona being ejected in the fifth inning for arguing.
There were two bench clearing episodes during the game.
The first was when Alex Rodriguez and Jason Varitek wanted to “discuss” a pitch in the third inning. Here it is for those who missed it or just want to relive it…
The second came at the end of the game when Bill Mueller hit a walk-off two run homer, off of future Hall of Famer and clutch closer, Mariano Rivera, resulting in a 11-10 victory and ending Rivera’s 23 consecutive games save record. If you look closely enough, you might be able to see me jumping in the bleachers near the Dunkin Donuts sign!
Many baseball fans feel that this is the game that turned the season around for the Red Sox, allowing them to not only clinch a playoff spot that season, but also win their first World Series since 1918! I tend to agree.
Why am I sharing this story with you now? It is simple. Almost everything in our lives right now is PPD. Our children’s sport seasons are PPD. Our graduations are PPD. Our vacations are PPD. Major League sports are PPD. Family gatherings are PPD. You get the picture.
Yes, it is disappointing because all of these events have the potential to bring us happiness. And they still will. As hard as it is, we will just have to wait. Just as I couldn’t predict that July 24, 2004 would be the day that a “PPD” game would forever change Red Sox Nation, we cannot predict when our major events will still bring us joy, at a later date or time.
So what should we do in the meantime? Do exactly what I just did. Revisit those memorable occasions from your past. What was it about those times that you remember so fondly? Why does this particular memory stand out from the others? What significance does it have upon your life today? If we all focus on those positive memories, it may make our immediate disappointments a little easier to bear. Feel free to share you memory with us and remember…dream so big that your thoughts become your memories!