Last night I did something that your average New Englander does on a regular basis: I watched the Red Sox game. It might not sound like a big deal, but it marked the first time in my 27 years that I’ve intentionally sat down and watched the entire game from start to finish. So why last night? Well, because I’ve declared May “Soxing” (the name came to me in a dream haha) and I’m on a mission to finally become the Red Sox fan that I was predestined to become (destiny based on proximity to Boston and my Dad’s fervor for the team).
Whether you’re a fan or not, there’s no denying that Massachusetts has some of the best sports teams in the country. Between the Patriots, the Celtics, the Bruins, and the Red Sox, we’ve won dozens of championships—unfortunately I’ve just never really cared about any of them. I think it’s cool when your home team takes the title; just not cool enough for me to actually sit down and watch a whole season’s worth of games. Maybe it’s because I’m a girl or because I’ve always preferred art and music to sports, but I’ve just never really got the hang of being a sports fan.
Just because I’m not currently a citizen of Red Sox Nation doesn’t mean that I don’t think it looks like a lot of fun. Part of me has always wanted to share in the excitement that comes with being a diehard fan, but I’ve just never put in the effort: Enter May.
My original intention was to commit to watching every Sox game for the entire month of May, but when my dad showed me the schedule (30 games in 31 days), I thought that maybe I should make some adjustments.
It might shift a little as the month wears on, but as of right now, here’s my assignment for the month:
1. Watch every home game that isn’t on while I’m at work.
2. Venture out to a bar (or other public place) to watch the game at least once a week. I plan on making special appearances at Bleacher Bar and Cardullo’s in Harvard Square (I've always wanted to sit out front with all the old guys in lawn chairs haha).
3. Make it to Fenway at least once to watch a game live and in person.
Like I invited people over in March for dinner parties, I’d also like to open the doors of 14T to drink Allagash and watch Sox games with me. Come on over and Go Sox!