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Green Fields of the Mind

Discussion in 'Red Sox Forum' started by BoSoxLady, Oct 29, 2018.

  1. BoSoxLady

    BoSoxLady Rules Red Sox Nation with an Iron Fist Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Since 2001, it’s tradition that I post Green Fields of the Mind at the conclusion of the Red Sox season.

    https://yalealumnimagazine.com/articles/3549-the-story-of-green-fields-of-the-mind

    “It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone. You count on it, rely on it to buffer the passage of time, to keep the memory of sunshine and high skies alive, and then just when the days are all twilight, when you need it most, it stops. Today, October 2, a Sunday of rain and broken branches and leaf-clogged drains and slick streets, it stopped, and summer was gone.”

    It’s sad that baseball is gone but what a perfect way to end this historic season.

    Spring Training begins in 108 days. I love that number.

    Congratulations to everyone!
     
    #1 BoSoxLady, Oct 29, 2018
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  2. budcrew08

    budcrew08 Member SoSH Member

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    Always bittersweet, but much better after winning it all.
     
  3. The Flying Dutchman

    The Flying Dutchman Member SoSH Member

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    No heartbreak this year!
     
  4. Earthbound64

    Earthbound64 Member SoSH Member

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    Winning the World Series really is the dream.

    But still, having to go the next few months without Baseball is going to be hard. It always is.
     
    #4 Earthbound64, Oct 29, 2018
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  5. Boston CyberSox

    Boston CyberSox Member SoSH Member

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    Even Castiglione was too amped to read it with his usual reverence at the end of the WEEI postgame show.

    Still a great tradition, and it's sad to see this awesome season end, but what an awesome season it was...
     
  6. keninten

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    I`ve always told ballplayers that winning does suck, because the game is over.
     
  7. TomBrunansky23

    TomBrunansky23 Member SoSH Member

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    Red Sox 1, Dame Mutability 0.

    What is usually a bittersweet tradition for us is now just sweet. Thank you to this team.
     
  8. DennyDoyle'sBoil

    DennyDoyle'sBoil Found no thrill on Blueberry Hill SoSH Member

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    The only thing bad about having a lead In games in the postseason is that it’s the only time you root for less baseball.
     
  9. Stanley Steamer

    Stanley Steamer Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    No. I was definitely rooting for less baseball Friday night.
     
  10. fenwaypaul

    fenwaypaul Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Winter is coming, but the Red Sox being world champions makes it easier to endure the dark days until spring training.
     
  11. CaptainLaddie

    CaptainLaddie dj paul pfieffer SoSH Member

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    Love you, Cheri!
     
  12. BoSoxLady

    BoSoxLady Rules Red Sox Nation with an Iron Fist Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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  13. InstaFace

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    (edited out the post - BSL's got it covered)

    It's always bitter to read the poem, but sometimes, like this glorious year, the reading is at least bittersweet.
     
    #13 InstaFace, Oct 29, 2018
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  14. BoSoxLady

    BoSoxLady Rules Red Sox Nation with an Iron Fist Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Instaface:

    No offense but I do mind that you posted Green Fields of the Mind. It’s been a long-time tradition that I post the poem. Please take your post down.

    Thanks.
     
  15. Skiponzo

    Skiponzo Member SoSH Member

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    This season has been such a joy for so many reasons....one of them is that I have rekindled that radio "feeling" from my youth with my youngest son. We've spent many an hour traveling to his various baseball tournaments listening to Joe and Tim on my phone. He's come to understand the game so much better for having to live the game in his "green field of the mind".

    God do I love this team and this game.
     
  16. ookami7m

    ookami7m Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    One of my favorite - if sad sometimes - traditions. The games are over, the dark days of the offseason are here but we have the memories of an awesome team to hold us through.
    108 days to go.
     
  17. InstaFace

    InstaFace MDLzera

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    Done. Was just covering for you based on assuming you were incapacitated with joy.
     
  18. Rovin Romine

    Rovin Romine Johnny Rico Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    The most recent competitive Sox game finished on October 28. Maybe you saw it.

    The next will be March 28th, against the Mariners. That's 151 days, the midpoint of which is Jan 11th or so.

    However, the first spring training game is Feb. 22. So the midpoint would be Christmas.

    Pitchers and Catchers would move the midpoint to approximately the 20th of December.

    Not so long to go at all. . .
     
  19. Clemente

    Clemente Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    I don’t know why I am so surprised by how much I miss baseball now, as it was a tremendous season that brought so much joy and intensity. But in the evening, just as it is time to settle in for the evening I miss not having the Sox on the screen. It’s as though my good friends have moved away, and there is an emptiness.
    Maybe it is the juxtaposition of the intensity of the playoffs and now nothing.
    Thanks Cheri and miss you as well.
     
  20. 21st Century Sox

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    Agree. The first week or so post championship was a whirlwind, and I kept thinking I would savor through the winter, and not miss the game too much. Nope. I miss the rhythm of watching each night. Also, I have three grown sons, and we have a text string that lights up on every key play, banter in the day about that evening's starters, injury talk, trade talk, etc.

    We still share a text or two nearly daily, but the other sports do not command the dedication, it is just not the same. Can't wait....
     
  21. Al Zarilla

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    It was actually nice to have a week of not worrying about win or lose, but then you realize, again, that they were highly not lose this year, especially during the post season. Oh well, the other Boston teams are not chopped liver.
     
  22. Buzzkill Pauley

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    This past year’s Red Sox team was one of my very favorite ever, from the energy and demeanor of the team to the performance and the end results. It was also the season my teenage son started listening to radio broadcasts either while finishing up homework or just to pass the time before bedtime, therefore giving us at least one thing to talk about that didn’t feel like me trying to extract a tooth from him.

    So it’s hard to say goodbye to the 2018 team, but even good things must come to an end. I’m so glad that took as long as it did, and that the team finished the season as champs. While this would have been a special season for me anyway, it’s awfully nice they made it objectively special, as well.
     
  23. Lose Remerswaal

    Lose Remerswaal Leaves after the 8th inning Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    I'm finding myself watching MLB network a whole lot more than ever before. Anything baseball.
     
  24. streeter88

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    Over here in Australia, games are mostly on during middle of the day. During the WS, I was pretty much useless at doing any sort of work, so for Game 4 I put on my headphones and got on my bike. Four hours later, I was tired and happy, and the Sox were one game away from being champs. Great day!
     
  25. timlinin8th

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    So its not just me. Just finished watching the first couple innings of Pedro v. Clemens from 2000 followed by the 1999 All-Star Game on Youtube with my son. He's gotten into past players through baseball cards, Youtube and a trip to the HOF so to actually watch a (kinda) full broadcast of those games I think connected some dots for him. Meanwhile, I'm sitting back remembering exactly where I was when I watched them live.
     
  26. Monbonthbump

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    Thanks, BSL. I always enjoy reading your post at the end of the season and agree it did not feel the same after this great year. Skip this doggerel if you feel it is too presumptuous, but I have written a "family" poem as a tradition after each Series championship and this was my effort for 2018:
    Fourth Championship (October 28, 2018)

    Two thousand four brought an end to the Curse,
    And feeling karma would only get worse.
    Tito and Papi did not buy that talk
    Helped by a boost from a blood-stained red sock.

    Two thousand seven came out of the blue,
    With a nice mix of the old and the new.
    Dice-K and Lowell had now joined the team,
    Winning in Denver completed the dream.

    All hell broke loose in two thousand thirteen,
    Beards grew quite lengthy and players turned mean,
    Pummeling rivals, showing no pity,
    Papi reminded,"It's our F-in' City".

    This year's great team was undoubtedly best
    Winning the Series way out in the West.
    Mookie's a winner, ditto Price and Sale,
    Cora, like Yoda, could simply not fail.

    For those of us, like me, here at the start,
    Each of these victories gladdened the heart.
    Memories pressed in the book of my brain,
    Losses will fade but the joy will remain.
     
  27. tims4wins

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