June 2010-We have a very odd spring here in Cape Cod this year. It is
odd only simply because we had a Spring. The weather has been temperate,
occasionally hot, but often a perfect 60 or 70 degrees. There has been
some rain but not too much rain. There have been numerous sunny days,
and only on occasion cloudy days. This kind of fairly good spring is not
the norm here on Cape Cod. The normal Spring is usually rainy, and
cloudy from March to June....
March 2010-Former Boston Red Sox great Nomar Garciaperra retired yesterday. It seems like just yesterday he was an exciting rookie of the year and Ted Williams' last protege.
In fact that was 13 years ago. Nomar became the face of Red Sox, the embodiment of baseball work ethic, and really the living breathing soul of Red Sox nation. Sadly, around 2003 his relationship with Red Sox management soured when he began looking for a contract for a value that probably exceeded his true future worth. The Red Sox management made things worse by trying to sign Alex Rodriguez to replace Nomar, A-Rod may have had better numbers, but he was the very anti-thesis of the baseball hero Nomar, and this less than classy move soured Nomar's heart, so ultimately the Red Sox were forced to trade away Nomar and his souring attitude in the middle of the 2004 season. This move proved to be a catalyst to the Red Sox remarkable championship season in 2004. But, as necessary as the move was, it always seemed wrong to see Nomar playing anywhere but Boston, just as it had been when prior Red Sox legends like Tiant, Fisk or Lynn left town. Nomar's later career was injury plagued elsewhere, and he was not quite the same player as he had been with the Red Sox. Still, many Red Sox fans hoped perhaps he could retire with the Red Sox, and apparently, he came to the same conclusion. He signed a one day minor league contract, with the Red Sox organization and then retired the next day. Perhaps not as nice as seeing him on the field in Fenway one last time, but a gesture that closes a chapter properly nevertheless.
Late 2009 as opposed to early 2010 or middle earth...
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah from Felpin's Pond,
Have a ride on a reindeer on us....
Happy Kwanzaa, as well.
As I am sure you know, Kwanzaa is a celebration of the great,
American figure skater, Michelle Kwan, who sadly never won an Olympic gold medal, but had a silver and a bronze and five world championships to her credit.
So raise up a glass of Kwanzaa-nog, curse Sarah Hughes, and do a triple salchow in Michelle's honor!
Keep the KWAN in Kwanzaa!