By Ted Gay – @TedG63
50 years in the future a young boy sits at the feet of an old man as they watch the Red Sox on their television. “Deduska?” the young boy asks inquisitively. “Were you alive the year the Red Sox won 100 games before the middle of September?”
“Yes, I was,” the elderly man said.
“And were you happy?” the boy asked.
“Oh no, I was miserable.”
“Why Deduska? Why weren’t you happy your favorite team was having such an amazing season.”
“Because,” the old man said. “They didn’t have the bullpen or the pitching to win the World Series. They weren’t built for the postseason. Beating up on the weaker teams does not make you a World Series champion!”
“But couldn’t you be happy with the fact that the Red Sox won 100 games, even if you didn’t think they could win a championship? Didn’t you know, Deduska, that life is harsh, brutal and short? That every person, with each breath they take, know they will die? This is why you must recognize and celebrate the victories in life. The day your first son was born were you sad because you may not have the money to send him to college in 18 years? On the day you were married did you cry because it was possible some day you will separate? Why couldn’t you have been happy, on that long ago day, September 12, 2018, with such a successful team? Should someone with a possibly terminal illness never be happy because he might die? If you can’t celebrate life’s victories while still being able to recognize great despair could be in your future, you have lived an empty life.”
“You don’t understand,” the old man said. “I knew what other people didn’t. This team would fail. How could I be happy knowing it would all end in sorrow?”
“Because Deuska, all life ends in sorrow which is why you celebrate when you can. Did you let people know your opinions?”
“Yes, I did,” the old man said. “I frequently posted on Facebook and Twitter that the Red Sox would not win a playoff series. But the fools would not listen.”
“Deduska? What are Facebook and Twitter?”
“Facebook and Twitter are the reason we are having this conversation in Russia and watching the game on a 60-year-old Sony with rabbit ears.”
The boy nodded slowly. “I think you were too prideful,” the boy said to the old man. “You wanted to be right more than you wanted to win. I have researched the name on the one phonograph record you play on the crank up. The band, Lynard Skynard died in a plane crash. One of those killed was back up singer Cassie Gaines. Before the plane took off, she refused to board because she was sure the plane was not airworthy. You were like Cassie Gaines, if she sat next to Ronnie Van Zant, gleefully yelling ‘I was right, the plane is crashing, and we are all going to die, but that’s OK because most importantly I was right. Suckers!’”
The old man shifted uncomfortably.
“Didn’t David Price win the 100th game?” the boy asked.
“I have told you never to mention that durachits name in this hovel again,” the old man shouted. “You are disrespectful. Be quiet and watch the game while the generator is still working.”
The boy nodded. “How did that season end for the Red Sox Deduska?”
But the old man had fallen asleep, dreaming of all the happy moments he had denied himself during his short, brutish life.
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