Saturday, September 10, 2005

**MOJO** - Time Travel Day 1

Curt Schilling will step on the mound in Yankee Stadium today for the first time since the now famous "Bloody Sock Game": Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS. Schilling pitched a gutsy game to keep the Sox's hopes alive, a performance that overshadows even his own tremendous World Series start on the same hobbled ankle against a terrific St. Louis line up. It is this image of Curt Schilling, standing triumphant on the mound pitching his game that Sox fans love to remember. And remember they have to, because they haven't seen it since that run last October.

Now, don't take this overwraught introduction for ungratefulness. For what he did to bring home the trophy last year, Curt Schilling could come to my house and tell me he wanted to punch me in the eye for fun, and I would do nothing but remind him to use his non-pitching hand and brace for impact. And I'd be happy to do it. But that doesn't mean I don't want to see the Curt of old on the mound facing the Yankees today.

So with a little inspiration from Mr. Peabody and his Wayback Machine (the one that time travels, not a robot that spells improperly and picks fights with Bob Lobel), Time Traveling Mojo has arrived. And I figure as long as I'm going back to relive October, I might as well pick up some mojo from throughout history while I'm out. And today, we have mojo straight from the Roaring 20s!

And wouldn't you know, there is plenty of mojo to be found in the 1920s to assist the Red Sox against their heated rivals.

To help balls to make the trip from Red Sox bats to out of the park, we have Lucky Lindy ready to lend a hand:

Nothing like a non-stop flight from home plate to the cheap seats. And Johnny Damon would be interested to know that were he to go back to the 1920s himself, he could be submitted into evidence in one of the most famous trials in American history. The "Scopes Monkey Trial".

Of course, it remains to be seen if he would be evidence for the prosecution or the defense. After all, is he the missing link or the son of God?

With today's game being played in Yankee Stadium, you are sure to hear plenty of noise from the drunken fans in the crowd today. Of course, the 1920s did have a solution for those rambunctious individuals.

That's right, a little prohibition mojo will take the wind right out of the sails of a hostile New York crowd.

Of course, we could use a little mojo for those of us stuck watching at home or listening on the radio. Well, not to fear, for both the first public radio station and the first television were invented in the 1920s! Oh, what an age they lived in!

So enjoy 1920s mojo all day today. Listen to Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong (I'm a fan of "Jelly Roll" Morton, myself). Watch some Charlie Chaplin films. Go out and sign up for a dance marathon. You could even dress up like a flapper for the occasion. Or maybe entertain yourself with a good old fashioned pole sitting. Bonus points for you if that pole is flying a Red Sox World Series Championship banner.


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