Stand Up To Cancer Takes Over Game Four

The Red Sox took Game Four 4-2 tonight to level the 2013 World Series at 2 games apiece. As awesome as the game was, I do want to take a second to appreciate the work of the “Stand Up to Cancer” organization. Their moment of silence with every fan, player, coach and everyone else in the Busch Stadium ballpark taking a moment to appreciate someone who they know who battled cancer was truly awe inspiring. I have no problem admitting that while the actual baseball game I was intending to watch already had me as an emotional wreck, the moment right before the start of the sixth inning took me over the edge as I remembered my father and everything that he did for me in his too short life. It was nine years ago tonight that I woke his ass up to ask him what he thought of manager Terry Francona when I came home from celebrating the Red Sox 2004 Championship, and of all the moments since his passing in 2009 I know tonight was one that would have hit him hardest since we also lost his sister JoAnne to that awful disease.

I hit two home runs in my first game back playing when we lost my aunt JoAnne back in 2002, and I know my old man has played a part in this incredible Red Sox run this season, but please take a moment to think about the people who’ve meant the most in your life because cancer fucking sucks.

Game Five is tomorrow night and I’ll try to recap the actual baseball before the game tomorrow, but let us all remember what is really important.

Me, Dad, and Trav on vacation in Bradenton, Florida.

Me, Dad, and Trav on vacation in Bradenton, Florida.

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