Slice of Life: Being a Sports Fan is More Than the Sports

11454297503_e27946e4ff_hWhen my husband and I first decided to settle in Boston, I panicked.  I was raised as a New York sports fan.  We were season ticket-holders to the Yankees and the Jets and made sure to catch several Rangers and Knicks games each year. One year, we even spent Easter Sunday at a Yankee double header.  We were hard-core.

When I found myself the mother of two, living in Boston, I had to make a decision.  Boston is a great sports town.  Boston fans are like no other.  I was faced with a dilemma.

Was it more important to give my boys the opportunity to loves sports in this great sports town or have them love my teams? 

In the end, I sold my soul and raised them to be Boston fans.

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While I have loved every minute of this journey with my kids (I credit the Red Sox breaking the curse in 2004 to my conversion), this year has been priceless.  This year has been about more than victory.  This year has been the culmination of so many lessons we have tried to instill in them about sports, life and humanity.

First, this man

 

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This sign

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says it all.  David Ortiz, Big Papi, is the image of sports for me with my children.  He has been a defining figure and a loved player for their entire lives.  We had the privilege of being at his last game.  While the Sox lost and did not advance, I am grateful my sons witnessed the last home game of one of their sports heroes.  I know my sons will never forget the grace and sportsmanship that David Ortiz exhibited that night.  I know they will never forget the feeling of admiration in the stands that night.  I know they will never forget his words, his smile, and his presence that evening.  They will always remember.

And then, this team

Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts after defeating the Atlanta Falcons 34-38 in overtime during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Jamie Squire,Getty Images

Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts after defeating the Atlanta Falcons 34-38 in overtime during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Jamie Squire,Getty Images

 

Could a mother write a better story of teamwork, perseverance and resilience?   My boys are Boston fans through and through – they learned to transition to a rally cap in the bleachers of Fenway, to believe anything is possible, and to know, in Boston, it is never over until it is over.

Thank you Boston – I sold my soul to the right town!

Boston Strong!

Clare

6 Comments

  1. Christine Baldiga February 7, 2017

    Clare – I didn’t realize you were a “newcomer’ to Boston sports. Boston is the BEST!
    Loved your well written slice.

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  2. Aileen Hower February 7, 2017

    Sold my soul shows real commitment to your sports!! Great piece!

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  3. Carol Varsalona February 8, 2017

    The great comeback was thrilling, Clare. You’re right- itt is never over until it is over and the Patriots proved the statement to be real and alive.

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  4. Leigh Anne February 8, 2017

    My family has always been die-hard Cardinals fans and my daughter is a huge Tennessee Lady Vols and an Indiana Fever fan. Sports also seems to be a great taking point with students. So many grew conversations about the Super Bowl on Monday!

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  5. Mandy Robek February 9, 2017

    First off this post is priceless because of the boys picture! I love how you embraced your community and built memories with such positive lessons. I spent my college years watching the Buffalo Bills make it to 4 Super Bowls in a row! Never the outcome we wanted as fans but there’s something said there about not giving up and keeping the faith.

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