It's been awhile.
I know it's been some time from the last time that I posted... almost six months. Yikes. If you are an avid follower, I apologize. Where have I been? Well, I'll explain that more below.
|My boyfriend and I in front of Baseball Hall of Fame|
|Baseball Experience Room|
We started our experience with a short, 15 minute or so movie in the "Baseball Experience" room. It started with the presenter asking the crowd who we are all rooting for to win the World Series. The crowd was pretty much split in thirds between the Orioles, Royals, and Cardinals. When the presenter asked about the Giants, you could almost hear crickets through the silence. The short movie showed the history of baseball (very quickly) and some highlights throughout the years.
|Ted Williams .406|
|Bill Mueller, 2 Grand Slams in One Game Opposite Sides of the Plate|
|Jason Varitek, most no-hitters caught; Kevin Youkilis- most consecutive errorless games by a first baseman|
The photos above are the records held by former Red Sox players. As you can see from the photos, the Red Sox are well represented in the Hall of Fame. Whether it's Ted Williams and his .406 average, Bill Mueller hitting two Grand Slams in a game on opposite sides of the plate, Jason Varitek catching a record 4 no-hitters, or Kevin Youkilis setting the record playing 238 errorless games at first base.
We were lucky to get the the Hall of Fame before the 2013 Red Sox World Series exhibit was going to be history. Last year was such a special year for the Red Sox- worst to first. Of course, they now have gone from worst to first to worst again, but maybe we'll continue the trend next season.
The first photo above is from the Hall of Fame and shows Lou Gherig and Babe Ruth during the 1927 Barnstorming tour. This photo was taken in Fresno. This photograph meant a lot to me because my great-grandfather, Al Van Camp, played on the Bustin' Babes barnstorming team during that year. The second photo above is a photograph of the barnstorming teams in Des Moines, Iowa. My great-grandfather is just to the left of Babe Ruth.
Above are some of the Red Sox memorabilia throughout the Hall of Fame museum. There was tons of Ted Williams displays, rightly so. The above photograph shows the "Red Sox" locker in the room displaying a locker for every team. Inside the locker are Curt Schilling's shoes from the "Bloody Sock Game," Koji Uehara's glove, Jason Varitek's captains jersey, and a 100 Years of Fenway Guitar.
Above are the displays for the 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees: Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas, Tom Glavine, Tony LaRussa, Bobby Cox, and Joe Torre. I linked up each person's Baseball-Reference page for your reference.
The above photographs are at the plaques of former Red Sox players who have made it into the Hall of Fame. I included Dennis Eckersley in this, even though he went in as an Athletics, for the reason that I believe his stats are pretty 50/50 between the two teams. Who will be the next Red Sox player inducted? My bet is on Pedro Martinez. (I apologize for the weird spacing above; the website won't let me delete the space.)
Now... where have I been the past six months? My former job made me pretty exhausted. I would leave for work between 7:00-7:30 and not return home until about 5:30-6:00. My job exhausted me to the point that I was falling asleep on the couch before 9:00 most nights. I had no energy to do anything besides work really. This past summer, my boyfriend and I moved from Connecticut to Western Massachusetts. After the move, I quit my job and am currently looking for something local. I'm toying with the idea of doing a career change, but that's a scare step for me.
I know these are not excuses to not continue to write, as I really do love writing. Let's just forget this past season happened- the Red Sox season and me not writing. Fresh start for all involved.