Well, not really but it seemed like the right thing to say with me taking my personal All-Star break at the moment.
I’m leaving for New York on Saturday night to cover the All-Star festivities, beginning on Sunday, which includes the always interesting Futures Games for those who truly love baseball. Monday will be a press conference with Terry Francona and NL manager Clint Hurdle at a Manhattan hotel. The teams will take batting practice Monday afternoon, and then the home run derby Monday evening.
On Tuesday, there will be a press conference with all the Hall of Famers in town for the game. That should be fun also. The game itself is Tuesday night, and is there really a closer controversy here? I don’t see any way that Mariano Rivera doesn’t pitch the final inning of an All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium. Besides, he’s having a better year than Papelbon, so it’s not like it would be a stretch for Francona to play it that way.
Anyway, my break started Wednesday night after that fiasco of a game. I spent Wednesday night at my mom’s comfortable and spacious house right on the beach of Hull. It was nice to get away from the city. We had some beach time with my kids on Thursday afternoon, and then I went to the Bon Jovi concert with my wife and oldest son last night.
OK, I have to admit — I used to make fun of my wife for worshiping Bon Jovi. But I’ve come around. He put on a good show last night. My eight-year-old son was thoroughly entertained.
One of the best parts of the show was when he played the song, “I Love This Town”, and on the video board during that song, there was a great montage of all the Boston teams winning their recent championships. The place was going crazy during that part of it. I also noticed during the show that the Celtics first (1957) and last before this year (1986) banner was missing. It must be on display somewhere, or maybe it was out of view.
Today is just a chill-out day, that’s all. Keep me posted on the weekend events at Fenway against the Orioles as most of you will probably see more than I.
That’s all for now.