Saturday, May 08, 2010

From Hank to Hideki: 40 Years of Cheers, Tears and Beers

I've finally decided on the title for my Sports Fab 40 series, that is the 40 most important—to me—sports moments of my lifetime. The meaning of the title, if not already obvious, will become apparent over time, or at least with the first and last entries.

Of course, I need to give credit where it is due, so I'd like to thank Neil Young for inspiring the title, and Lee Mazzola for suggesting the sub-title. The latter is a little misleading, though, as my first sports memory doesn't quite go back 40 years, but since I've been alive for 40-plus, it basically fits the spirit of the series.

Once again, I'll explain that these are the 40 moments that are most important to me, and nothing else. Those that I witnessed in person, obviously, take on a little extra meaning, but ultimately the most important factors are how vividly I remember these moments and what they mean to me today.

I figured I'd better get started on this, over a year after introducing it, before any more memorable moments occur, thus potentially ruining the title. So, if this is the kind of thing that interests you, stay tuned.


  1. how bout a contest to see who can guess the most number of memories that will show up on the list? Here's a few I expect to see.

    - Cone .vs. Martinez witnessed from behind home plate @ Fenway.

    - Sox .vs. yanks, May 26, 2002 and the call at Jillians.


  2. While I appreciate the effort el, I can't endorse such a contest.