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In my grandmother's Plainville apartment, right where any religious family would have some kind of votive statuary or icon, stood a foot-tall molded plastic of Ted Williams in full swing. For years, decades, the Splendid Splinter stood watch over us. These were mostly lean times for the crimson hose, except for the Impossible Dream Year, the baseball season that changed my young life.
You know, my parents were Goldwater Republicans, but it was okay that I eventually became a Democrat. And they were both non-practicing ex-Christians, but almost any religious choice I might have made during my long spiritual quest would have been okay too. "Mom, I'm a Zoroastian." Fine whatever.
What would have been unthinkable, so truly unthinkable that the Eugene O'Neill inside me cannot write the scene, would have been to announce to my mother and grandmother that I was becoming a Yankees fan.
On today's show, we' discuss why things like that cannot happen.