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Remembrance of things past

Mike:
Damn, I cannot believe Opening Day is only 12 days away!

 

Bill:
No, kidding. But you know what? A paht of me is sad to see the close of the post World Series honeymoon.

 

Mike:
Yeah, once that first pitch is thrown in April, the 2004 season will officially be relegated to the past.

 

Bill:
We'll no longah be in the moment but can only recollect the moment.

 


Bill:
It is a labour in vain to attempt to recapture it: all the efforts of our intellect must prove futile.

 

Mike:
The past is hidden somewhere outside the realm, beyond the reach of intellect, in some material object (in the sensation which that material object will give us) which we do not suspect. And as for that object, it depends on chance whether we come upon it or not before we ourselves must die.

 

Bill:
And suddenly the memory returns. The taste was that of the little crumb of hotdog from a Sunday afternoon at Fenway …

 

Author's Notes
My apologies for going all Proust on your asses. I probably lost half the readership today.

If you're a fan of Proust's Title you'll note that final four frames are lifted from the "madeleine" part, but in the final frame the madeleine cake has been replaced by a hotdog and the village Comray swapped out for Fenway to make it more fitting to our time and space.

If you've never read the novel or read it long ago and would like to would like to see what all the fuss is about or refresh your memory but don't feel like being burdened with 7.2 pounds (according to Amazon) of text (it's one long fuck of a book), then I highly recommend the "graphic novel" version: Remembrance of Things Past : Combray (Graphic Novel)

Comments

Edward! Is that you? What have you done with hb?

I'm flattered to be ranked with the Curse guy for a lit ref!

I don't recall Cossette ever doing Proust though. Hah!

Didn't have trying to one up Bambino's Curse as the reason for the theme on this one, though. I actually had a total Proustian moment when I read Beth's post about the new brick at Fenway. Made me melancholy and nostalgic.

Yeah, well, the first time I sat in the bleachers at Fenway I was sitting on one of a sea of backless wooden benches with a number paint-stenciled on them every 16 inches, drinking a Coke while I watched them get beat by the Washington Senators. The last time I was in them I was sitting in a seat wider than 16 inches and unlike 1963 I could drink 4 beers while watching them beat Oakland in the 2003 ALDS. Sometimes the past is better being past.

Be not unhappy about the passing of the 2004 season. For perhaps the victory shall dull in grandeur, but so too shall the fucking overwhelming pain that preceded it become blunted. And we'll remember the victory more clearly than those first three horrible ALCS games in time. It'll be good.

“And as for that object, it depends on chance whether we come upon it or not before we ourselves must die.”

Yes, these were my thoughts directly after the 2003 ALCS…and many times in 2004; those same dreadful thoughts would enter my mind until they were forever dispelled.

My recollections of the culmination of the 2004 season are, as one, an object that I will always possess.

Thanks for the direction toward Proust, in any case.

I am excited for the new season. And we do always have that incredible feeling we had when that last out came and the Sox won it all. Even better, I have a picture my friend took of me at that very moment. I was crying. Another friend behind me is cheering. Its a priceless picture.

Didn't have trying to one up Bambino's Curse as the reason for the theme on this one, though

Ah, I was just messin' with ya. Not like Edward had lit references patented or anything. I've done 'em myself.

As for the actual subject of the strip, I'm fully expecting to enjoy the season with a pleasing glow of "defending champs." The Sox will be competitive all season, and they won't be knocked off their throne until they actually finish a season without winning it all.

And, that, I believe, won't be happening this year ...

Is it true there are a lot of trees in France because the Nazi's preferred marching in the shade?

Whitey's not in Kansas any more...

It's not Fenway, but I gotta tell you all that City of Palms Park is a lovely place to watch a game. 80 degrees at opening pitch last night; dropped down to a chilly 79 by the 6th. I'm hydrating this morning, getting ready for this afternoon's game. No pictures (don't have the technology with me) but it's a great time.

Oh yeah, they played a game. Wake looked good except for the 4-run second. Wake's rent is paid up for a while with the Sox if you ask me, though. Anyway, it's just Spring Training, and, much like the first 3 games of the ALCS, these games really don't matter.

Not to rub it in, but I thought I'd post an update. So glad I married a girl from Fort Myers!

Well my recollection of Fenway is that the Red Sox were 0-9 when I went: 0-7 against the MFY, 0-1 against the Baltimore Orioles (that dreaded game where Pedro allowed 10 runs)and 0-1 against the Detroit Tigers(sheez). So what happened? I moved outta dodge and they won the WS. Even though I love the "sense of eternal" that envokes Fenway on most of us, I say bring that bitch down. I never liked sitting on those damn seats anyway, being obstructed by beams and having to stand up everytime a fuckin' drunk had to go the pee room every fuckin' inning. The only decent place of Fenway was club 406 which I had the chance to go a few times but in that place there was something missing. I say if the RS is going to build a new park, make it like the 406 club minus the A/C and keep everything else from Fenway :the wall, the rude vendors, the intimacy of being so close to the action and of course, the fans.

hey, didn't see this till today. thanks so much for the link and the thoughts. glad i could inspire your thought process.

(brian was spot on, this post was very edw. he's my biggest influence, though, so no shame in that!)

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