Monday, September 19, 2011
The King of Red Sox Nation
The 2011 Major League Baseball season is winding down. There are about 10 games left to play before the playoffs. You might be saying to yourself, "What does that have to do with horror?" Well, it is Stephen King Week and the Sox are King's team (and mine). So that's what is has to do with horror.
We won't go into the potential late-season meltdown the Sox are going through right now. Let's just say that when the calendar flips to October, the Sox better still be playing. October just isn't as fun if my boys aren't taking the field.
And it's probably worse for King. He actually lives close enough and can afford to go to games at Fenway Park. I've seen the Sox play but never in Boston. Someday.
The book hasn't reached the level of respect many of King's novels have, but it's one I enjoyed. Despite what some critics have said, I think King writes female characters rather well. They are rarely weak or meek and generally don't need a man to take care of them. Then again, I am a man raised by an independent woman, just as King was. So maybe it's a different perspective.
"The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon" also has the distinction of being published as a pop-up book.
As for Tom Gordon, he eventually became a Yankee, which sucks. But not as much as Roger Clemens or Johnny Damon becoming Yankees. Jerks.
Man, I love that photo.
"Faithful" is a book by and for fans who love the game but don't need SABRmetrics to enjoy it. For anyone who read King's memoir "On Writing" or followed his "Pop of King" columns in "Entertainment Weekly" (or even if you've ever read one of his forwards to his own novels), you know that King has a strong voice in non-fiction. He writes like he talks, which is something I always thought was a good thing. (More of criticism of King's colloquial style later in the week.)
So, root, root, root for the Red Sox. If they don't win it's a shame.