Opening Day 2015 posted by Greg Cunningham
Sports fans in Boston have been truly blessed. Just fifteen years ago, uttering these words would have been absurd, as only those collecting Social Security would remember a time when any team other than the Celtics were able to raise a championship banner in the City of Boston. And once some of the great Celtics players of the 80’s retired, the city went into a decade long funk, with absolutely nothing to celebrate.
A high school freshman today has no concept of this Boston, a place for perennial losers, second place and second rate teams that never could quite make it to the finish. But seemingly from out of nowhere, The New England Patriots began an onslaught of hope, a last second field goal that reminded us what it was like to raise our arms and yell for joy, and they did it again two years later. Then we saw a miracle right before our very eyes, when the Red Sox reversed a curse that had lasted for three generations. The Celtics and Bruins followed, along side two more World Series trophies. Boston Pride was running high.
But after a first to worst performance by the 2014 Boston Red Sox, we needed a little shot in the arm to get ourselves back on top. “The Butler Did It” was a Monday-after-the-Super Bowl headline which took care of business. We were reminded that, in Boston, we don’t just want to win, we expect it; a year without a banner is a year that is incomplete. Two years ago, when President Barrack Obama raised our spirits from our lowest of moments, he told us, “…when the Sox, then Patriots…are champions again…the crowds will gather and watch a parade go down Boylston Street…Bet on it!” We had no idea how prophetic he would really be. Two years, and two parades later, the road to recovery has been realized.Continue reading "Opening Day 2015"