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October 28, 2007

Sox Win!

I realized that I've been blogging since before the last time the Red Sox won the World Series. But I checked the archive for October 2004 and I didn't mention them winning. What I did talk about includes: debunking a Microsoft urban legend about people sending email from unlocked computers they discover; the imminent availability of Find the Bug; a contest at Bookpool related to the book; Howard Stern announcing his move to Sirius; bad interview questions; the Storm winning the WNBA championship; my dubiousness about personal podcasts (which I still have); my first link to Mini-Microsoft; Google opening their Kirkland office; a trip to the Legoland Master Builder session; the Channel 9 Guy carved in a pumpkin; and various election musings. I guess it was a fairly eventful month.

My brother was reading a book called The Mind of Bill James. The book doesn't really talk much about James's experience with the Red Sox (I gather James doesn't discuss that publicly) but it does have a description from his wife, Susie, of the scene after the Red Sox won in 2004:

"Out of the crush of people, Theo Epstein emerged. he gave us a big bear hug. He was totally soaked with champagne and beer. My stellar memory from the World Series came moments later. I hadn't met John Henry before. Bill introduced us after they had exchanged congratulations. John poked his index finger repeatedly into Bill's chest and said, 'You're a World Champion.'

John was pulled away, and Bill and I walked around the field, meeting and talking with people. At one point, Curt Schilling and Pedro Martinez came dashing across the field, trophy in Pedro's hand. My favorite player, David Ortiz, was being interviewed feet away from us. Bill and I noticed people scooping up some of the dirt from the base paths, so we followed suit, stuffing a few handfuls into my jacket pocket."

I assume Bill James was there again tonight. My congratulations to the Red Sox. One of my sons is a huge baseball fan but is only 8, so he missed the glory days of the Mariners. Luckily he's also a big Red Sox fan so he has gotten to enjoy their recent success.

Posted by AdamBa at October 28, 2007 08:31 PM

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