Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy 2008! I hope you all had a happy and safe New Year's celebration. We had a quiet evening at home after going out for Chinese food. We rented Evan Almighty on pay-per-view and then watched the ball drop at midnight.

Before we get into 2008, let's go back and finish the review of the last six months of 2007.

July: July was a fun month, with a couple of visits to the Pawsox, 4th of July fireworks with the Worcester Tornadoes (we'll be doing that again this season) and a weekend trip to Narragansett to go to the beach. The month ended with two big trades: the Red Sox acquired Eric Gagne to shore up the bullpen and the Celtics got Kevin Garnett. Which one of those do you think worked out better?

August: The month was highlighted by our trip to Pennsylvania. J. and I also caught a game of the Vintage Base Ball World Series and Clay Buchholz's first major league start against the Angels. The whole family took in the Futures at Fenway minor league doubleheader, featuring the Portland Sea Dogs and Lowell Spinners.

Oh, and Barry Bonds broke some record. Did anyone outside of the Bay Area really care?

September: More traveling this month, as we went to Florida to surprise my Mom for her birthday and A. and I had a romantic weekend at a B&B in Newport, RI. Clay Buchholz pitched a no-hitter in his second big league start. I also sat on a train for 2 hours and 40 minutes to get home one night, as the cops chased some carjackers around the Brighton rail yards.

October: October was consumed, of course, with the Red Sox World Series run. From Manny's walkoff homer against the Angels, the remarkable comeback against Cleveland, the sweep of the Rockies and the Rolling Rally, it was quite a month.

November: The baseball season was over, but the outstanding play of the Celtics and Patriots filled the void. We went to Old Sturbridge Village for a day trip, which was a lot of fun.

December: The first part of the month was dominated by news of a possible deal with the Twins for Johan Santana, something which could still happen. The Mitchell Report came out, naming a number of stars as using performance enhancing drugs. Several players have corroborated Mitchell's findings, while others, most notably Roger Clemens, have denied the reports. Roger will be on 60 Minutes next week, which should prove very interesting. The month ended with our annual holiday trip to Florida, which I'll report on in detail next week.

That's it for 2007! I hope 2008 is just as good.


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