Friday, February 15, 2019

Infectious Affection

Believe it or not, my previous post ("Affection") was inspired by the Boston Red Sox.

Tuesday evening, the MLB Network showed two documentaries back-to-back. The first was about Alex Cora, the manager of the 2018 World Champion Boston Red Sox. The second was about the 1967 American League Champion Boston Red Sox. Being a diehard Red Sox fan since 1958, I opened a can of 'Gansett and sat back to watch both.

I enjoyed both documentaries; they refreshed my memory about two iconic seasons of my favorite team.

Watching the documentaries, one thing that stood out was the contrast in how the players congratulated each other in 1967 and 2018.

In 1967, a handshake or a slap on the back sufficed. There were no hugs or high fives (high fives had not been invented yet). In 2018, high fives, short hugs, very long hugs and even a few kisses were exchanged.

We've come a long way, baby!

Source: Botkier
Wearing Botkier (Source: Botkier)

Jared Day femulating in the 2005 film Go For Broke 2. 


  1. I like the idea of "inventing" the high five -- I'm picturing a bunch of jocks milling around in lab coats! Ha!

    Actually, the person who started using the high five was a Los Angeles Dodger named Glenn Burke, a mostly closeted gay man.I heard the story some years ago on NPR.

  2. You inspired me to check out GO FOR BROKE 2. I had seen the original many years ago and was NOT impressed. But this photo is a MUCH better femulation than the first film, so I watched it. It was a fun movie. Nothing exceptional about it, but fun none the less.