Sunday, May 25, 2008
Something very special just happened before the game, and I wanted to blog it before my attention was diverted by something a silly as a victory or a loss in a ballgame.
And the special moment came solely because of the class of Sox fans.
Prior to tonight’s game, military veterans and their families, say 250 people, took part in an on-field parade, running from center field all the way around the warning track.
As the group was introduced, fans began to stand and applaud. Not just a few. Everyone. The roar became contagious.
First the group encountered starting pitcher Jose Contreras in left center field as he prepared for tonight’s outing. The Cuban native shook hands and said hellos. Mark Salas, our bullpen catcher, shook hands and thanked the group of men and women.
Now a standing ovation, fans along the base lines held out their hands to high five and thank the veterans.
Angels players and coaches stood in their dugout exchanging high fives.
Still the fans stood and applauded, contnuting all the way around the ballpark as the group walked the warning track.
Great moment, all because of the spontaneous response from thousands of Sox fans.
You should be proud.
I was proud of Sox fans tonight before a first pitch was ever thrown.
(Let’s see if anyone in the media considers this worthy of mention)