Tagged: International

Considering my options

of how to watch the Red Sox from abroad.

Here’s the list I’ve come up with at this point. Any suggestions welcome:

– Continue the status quo of checking into Boston.com, Redsox.com, and occaisional game casts on espn.com
– Open a MLB.com subscription
– Get slingbox set up and tied to NESN back at my folks’
– Get Japanese cable
– Keep blogging

Ugh. Either way, it’s going to take more work. Sometimes, to the point I have to ask if it’s worth the hassle. I hope so. Because sometimes I feel like fans give so much more than they need to.

Yes, I’m still in a rotton mood about yesterday’s game.

Brother was in Vegas earlier this week. I asked him to put in a bet for me. $20 on the odds that the Cubs with be the National League champions.


Life gets in the way

I will be missing at least the beginning of the game tonight. It’s the Saturday before Halloween, MLB. We normal people have social obligations and commitments. I almost completely forgot about the party tonight. I didn’t even start thinking about a costume. I briefly debated going as a Red Sox fan but I can hear my friends’ voices in my head chorusing that I wasn’t even trying. And they’d be right. It’s not a costume. It’s what I already am.

I am beginning to feel old. The last costume I wore was back in fifth or sixth grade, when Mum made a pumpkin costume for me. For her, it was the first time she tried to sew anything other than patching up clothing. For me, it was homemade and going to be so. wicked. I was so excited to put it on. Then I dropped the separate green collar and bent down to pick it up. I don’t know who was more heartbroken about the riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiip sound from the inseam, Mum or me.

So, decades later, I got talked into going to costume party, and into missing part of the World Series. I am leaving the country after all and when’s the next time I’d be really able to enjoy Halloween festivities. *sigh* They’re right. So, I puckered up my good sportsmanship and RSVP’d. After hours of racking my brain and tossing and rejecting ideas, I’m settling with going as a gypsy. Ironically, this preppy kid has enough junk in the closet to assemble such an outfit.

Today is gorgeous. It has rained nonstop for three days. I left a kitchen trash bin outside. I had rinsed it off because it was getting smelly but left it outside because it had started raining. Today, it’s three-quarter’s full and the sun finally comes out. Not that it has any correlation to the weather at Coors Field. I love fall. I love the four season climate. And I’m enjoying this fall to its best. The rain has turned the grass green again, and forced the leaves to change colour and start falling. Yes, it’s definitely baseball season. And I’m going to miss this part of American living.

There, I’ve announced it. I am moving out the country next summer. That’s how I came up with using “expat” so often. I’m no longer in New England as it is but it’s not that far from home. But next year, I’ll be moving, literally, to the other side of the globe. That’s what got me to start blogging, as a way to reach out and tap into the baseball fan community. I figured I might as well give it a shot see if blogging sits well with me and I stick to it. So far, so good, and hopefully the hobby will establish itself and grow before I leave. There won’t be many in the part of the Far East I’m going. I could always visit Taiwan and Japan, now big baseball fans, thanks to Dice-K and Wang, to catch some coverage, but, really.

I won’t be able to bump into other masses of Red Sox fans disgruntled about the local Irish bar not playing the game on tv and immediately befriend them to join them in a hunt for another location. (Yes, that happened on Thursday). I’m fearing the worst… that I would become a lone duck out there. Thank heavens for the Internet.

So, Red Sox, play one last great series for me. And I’ll tough it out and proudly represent you all the way on the other side of the globe when I get out there.

I am NOT doing Promos

.. but found an article in Time that talks about the North American Sports Network, broadcasted in Europe. Summary: Run by ESPN (surprise, surprise), this channel is growing in popularity. Originally thought to be catering to American expats, the network is finding more and more European viewers.

Great news.. I hope they broadcast to other continents. I may be needing the service when I move.

I am not promoting on behalf of NASN. I found the article interesting and, frankly, I figured instead of tearing yet another page to my hundreds of “saved” articles floating all over my house, if I summarised this on a blog, I can look it up again myself when I actually will use this information. And this is far more searchable than a paper notebook!