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Sunday, April 04, 2010

Opening Day

Certain phenomena defy explanation: Old Faithful, dark matter, German appreciation of David Hasselhoff. Another is the strange connection between Portland beer bloggers and the Boston Red Sox. Back in the old days (2007), we used to identify each other at beer events by chapeau. The Boston "B" might have stood for "blogger." I suspect the new infusion of beer writers has weakened this correlation, but for a few of us, the admiration we feel for Hair of the Dog's Blue Dot is rivaled only by our appreciation of a Big Papi walk-off homer.

Tonight the forces of goodness and light battle the dark lords of New York on the holy ground in Fenway. Easter Sunday, opening day, when the Sox hopes are risen. Stand now ye faithful, and pray for October.

Anyhoo, having blasphemed what is truly a sacred day (I'll call and apologize later, Mom), I leave you now with a final, transgressive image. Happy Easter and go Sox!

(If only I had a Harpoon, life would be full.)


  1. Great post, Jeff. I'll be back in New England next few weeks. Go Sox!

  2. I think I'd rather have something from Cambridge Brewing Company. And some decent pitching from Beckett would be nice, too. (I'm about an hour behind live right now).

  3. Oh how I love Red Sox fans who feel that their team is truly a team of the people, fighting for the little man. I lived in Boston before and will live in Boston again, and I hate both your teams. That being said, go Twins!

  4. Dave, for me Harpoon IPA has a nostalgic edge. I recall my brother-in-law taking me down into his man-cave and producing it from his beer fridge behind the bar. I played darts and drank 'poon all night with my wife's family--die-hard Red Sox fans.

  5. And for the fans: how bout them Sox?! I almost gave up at 5-1, but decided to stick around and see what Okajima had.

    Here's a question: if the ump hadn't called Pedroia out at first in the fifth inning (I think), would he have gotten so enraged that he would come out and hit a dinger and put the Sox in a position to win? Sometimes a bad break turns in your favor.

  6. Glad to see you're a baseball fan, Jeff. I just returned from a trip to Arizona, where I combined some spring training baseball with beer blogging. Not a bad life, really.