The story behind the picture:
Most folks who follow the Red Sox and keep an eye on the President thought that the Sox visit to the White House was to recognize the magical year my heroes had going from last to first. And most of the press focused on Papi taking a “selfie” with Obama.
However, I can reveal here on MillersTime that that was only part of the story.
My good friend and buddy Nelson, through his beisbol contacts, arranged for my two heroes (backed by the entire Red Sox team) to personally wish me a Happy Birthday.
How’s that for friendship?
Land Wayland said:
WHAT A GREAT PICTURE. AND THEY DID IT JUST FOR YOU!! WELL, ITS ABOUT TIME THEIR #1 FAN RECEIVED THE RECOGNITION THAT HAS LONG BEEN DUE.
YOU HAVE TRULY GIVEN NEW MEANING TO THE LABEL OF “BASEBALL FANATIC” IN THE BEST POSSIBLE WAY. LEARNING FROM YOUR EXAMPLE, MY INTEREST IN THE LOCAL L.A. TEAMS HAS BEEN REKINDLED BUT I COULD NEVER HOPE FOR THIS KIND OF PERSONAL REWARD.
Thanx for the kind words.
It may be that the Sox front office realized that my 64 years (starting when I was seven years old) of support needed to be recognized.
Winning three World Series in 10 years is appreciated, too.
Only wish my wonderful grand father, Pappy, had been alive to see the 2004 win. He’s the one responsible for my loving obsession with the Sox.
Nancy Cedar Wilson said:
A well-deserved accolade! Your enthusiasm is contagious–and after that Nat’s game I went to with you, I have been paying much closer attention to the nation’s favorite pastime–including the glorious opening day homer!
Another reason to treasure the beginning of spring!
How nice of everyone involved! Does the timing of your birthday have anything to do with why you love baseball so much, or just a lucky coincidence?
samuel c said:
Rick, first of all happy birthday…perhaps we can arrange a field trip to the White House with all the retired Frosties lol…sam c
James Cooke said:
What a fantastic pic! Happy Birthday, Rick! See you at Nationals Park in a few weeks.
Bill Plitt said:
Happy Birthday Rick. I’m not Papi or Obama, but hope you have the best day you can possibly have.
So happy for you.