It is 2010. The first decade of the new millenium is in the books. I spent the better part of the last 10 years (6 seasons, to be precise) as the voice of the Pawtucket Red Sox. It is a part of my life that is a pleasure, day in day out. I’ve recounted many times how I enjoy the pace of a baseball season. Each day is a chapter in a 5 or 6 month saga, connected to each other by the previous days games. If all goes well, I’ll be at McCoy for as long as they’ll have me. Went to bed early on New Years Eve. Partly because I was worn out from spending the day with my 7 year old nephew (remember the “Duke”? He hates Joe Nelson) Partly because like a lot of us, I looked forward to the start of anew year. 2009 wasn’t a great year for many, for various reasons. I was ready to put it behind me and get a fresh start. Woke up on January 1, and darn it all, it felt a lot like the previous 365 days. We keep hoping the war in the middle east will end. We pray for a better economy. We wish researchers and doctors find cures to dreaded diseases. The safety of our children, paying our bills, health. There are so many distractions that could keep us awake at night. Times like that, I chuckle to myself. I have good friends who are teachers, who work very hard trying to make life better for their students. They go largely unrecognized. We thank the police and fire personnel whenever we’re reminded of the tragedy of September 11, 2001. With unrest in Afghanistan and Iraq raging on, we seem to appreciate our military. The start of a new year gives us pause to take inventory. What can we do better? What can we start doing? What can we stop doing? Personally, I’ll keep going to the gym. Try to eat better all the time. Maybe a few less beers, (but probably not) Be a better father, a better son, brother, uncle, friend. Even a better broadcaster. I’d like to believe we all are doing the best we can. I don’t know if we can improve, but if we at least think about it, there’s a chance. A couple of things that won’t change, I promise,
1) My devotion to the PawSox and Red Sox. It is as embedded in me as anything I know.
2) My hatred for the Yankees. So is that.
3) Never taking for granted the job I have. While it may not be as important as some of the other jobs I previously mentioned, I know we provide listeners and fans an outlet or escape, so they may forget about their problems for a little while each day. It may or may not be true, but that’s how I can sleep at night, thinking that we may have helped someone get through a day by providing some entertainment, some information. I hope they are comforted by a familiar voice. I know I have been over the years by people like Al Michaels, John Madden, Chris Clarke and Joe Castiglione. They provide the soundtrack to your lives.
New Years Day is over and we are into 2010. No one knows what lies ahead. We hope it is good health, prosperity and some good times. Another World Series win or a Govwernors’ Cup wouldn’t be bad, either. Happy New Year.