I know, I know. I’m a jerk. I promise more updates and instead I disappear for 5 months. But don’t worry, I’ve got an excuse! There was no way I was going to skip the Boston Bruins Stanley Cup run. If you’re a Boston sports fan, you know that this is completely understandable. The problem is that as soon as it ended, my champagne bottle ran dry and my television was about to be focused on NESN full-time again.. I left the country to wander around Wales for a month. Then I got back.. and left again, but this time for a month in southeast Asia.
There was a lot that happened in my absence. The team started the season 2-11 but then managed to turn it around in time to play hopscotch with the Yankees for first place in the AL East. Adrian Gonzalez has raked the ball all year long, Josh Beckett has looked masterful, and Jacoby Ellsbury is suddenly hitting with more power than Kevin Youkilis. I’ve returned to a world flipped on its head. The only thing that remains the same is that John Lackey is pitching like an $82.5 million dollar mistake.
While I am ashamed at myself for missing half a season, the part I feel the worst about is that I wasn’t around to remind everyone of the charitable organizations that we like to promote. I missed the launch of Charity Wine’s new Sox-themed beverages: ChardonClay (Buchholz) and CabernAce (Lester). Both wines benefit cancer institutions with Clay’s helping The Jimmy Fund and Jon’s going towards the great people at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. I’m disappointed that I missed the launch, an event I have covered in the past, but I’m glad that the people at Charity Wines are still doing their thing and helping people.
Fortunately I returned just in time to pimp out the 2011 Beckett Bowl. Beckett is a bulldog on the mound but since making it to the big leagues in 2001, he has been nothing but a big puppy dog when it comes to helping people. If you haven’t seen the video of him giving a game ball to that kid at Fenway a few weeks ago, check it out. Sure, the kid cried from happiness and might be teased at school for a few weeks but that is a story he’ll probably never stop telling.
His foundation, the aptly-named Josh Beckett Foundation, has been helping people for years and this year’s Beckett Bowl will be no exception.
What: Athletes and celebrities getting together for a bowling tournament to benefit Beckett’s foundation and the Children’s Hospital in Boston.
Who: Josh Beckett obviously but former guests have included David Ortiz, Jonathan Papelbon, Jason Varitek, Adrian Grenier, Verne Troyer, Patrice Bergeron, Milan Lucic, Wes Welker, and other big name celebrities.. like ME! That’s right, I’ll be there covering the event this year so if meeting Boston sports icons isn’t enough excitement, you’ll also get to hang out with a D-list blogger and Twitter junkie!
Where: Lucky Strike Lanes at Jillians (145 Ipswich Street, right down the street from Gate B at Fenway Park)
When: August 29th. The open-to-the-public red carpet appearances start at 6 PM and the festivities continue until 9:30.
How: Purchase tickets for $250 from the website or by calling 617-338-2766.
I know that the economy is still pathetic but if you can afford to help a good cause then I hope you’ll seriously think about coming. If you can’t make it then I expect you to say ‘yes’ next time the Stop & Shop cashier asks if you want to donate a dollar to The Jimmy Fund.
Seriously, you better do it.
I’m watching you.