Sometimes I Amaze Even Myself.

So I’m home waiting for the DIRECTV guy. Oh, don’t worry, he’s coming between 8 a.m. and noon. Yeah, it’s 11:10 right now.

Anyway, the phone rings. It’s my cousin.

“Want to join me at the game tomorrow night?”

Now, keep in mind, when he says ‘game,’ he’s only talking about Game 2 of the World Series featuring my beloved Red Sox. Oh, and the game is at Fenway Park.

“Um, for real? Hell yes,” I say walking to the calendar. “Shit. I can’t. Work function. Wait. Let me think. Give me 30 minutes to figure this out.”

 “Ok, but the ticket is gone after 31 minutes.”

First of all, can you imagine how many people get rejected when inviting someone to the World Series? Like zero.

The problem is, we’re going away this weekend, and there are work commitments Thursday and Saturday night. Now, those of you that know Molly works for me are probably saying, well, can’t Molly cover? Well, she’s already covering Saturday night.

Of course, it’s the World Series. And perhaps the last game of the year at Fenway. And Schilling is pitching. And, it’s the World Series. Have I mentioned that?

I hemmed and I hawed. I called a friend for advice.

And, well, here’s my loyalty problem. I feel like I should be at the work thing tomorrow. It’s a pretty big thing. Now, keep in mind, Molly can handle it. And would if I wanted her to. But I feel like I should be there. So I will.

“I can’t go. I can’t do it,” I said, the words barely coming out of my mouth.

“I understand,” he said.

He understands? He’s being polite. He doesn’t understand. Hell, I don’t understand.

Attention bosses as we get ready for this merit review process, your ace publicist just turned down a ticket to the game of a lifetime because of work. That alone is worthy of a raise.

What else? I got nothin’.


18 Comments on “Sometimes I Amaze Even Myself.”

  1. clinkny says:

    I am utterly impressed with your loyalty. You are a better man (woman) than I!

  2. chris says:

    Mike, I’ll use you as a role modelwhen I explain to my 10 year old that he can’t watch the whoel game on TV because he has a big oral report to do at school the next day.

    Clink, You would’nt go to a World Series game at Fenway would you?

  3. Anna says:

    You seriously said no? What is the work thing? Maybe I can cover for you!

  4. Molly says:

    I just want it to be known that I told him to go! I even asked, “you’re *really* going to say no?”

    And while you’re at it…throw in a good word for me. I like money.

  5. Each says:

    im crying now, seriously, sobbing,

    does your brother need a date? completely plutonic (or not if thats what it takes!)


  6. cdp says:

    I’m not drinking right now, but I’m going to start, just so I can pour one out for you.

    I vote for a HUGE promotion. A huge IMMEDIATE promotion.

  7. elizabethews says:

    You said NO???? What is wrong with you? No work thing is that important….I’m sure of it. I don’t even like the Red Sox, but I’d still say yes!!

    Dude, you’re crazy.

  8. Chelle says:

    What the hell were you thinking, dude?

    What are you going to tell your son? Yeah, I was the dude that passed on a ticket to the Red Sox in the World Series, because I decided to work instead.

    I would have covered for you as well… Can you not undo this insanity?

  9. anonymous says:

    I found out today that I have to travel to Denver on business next week. Denver. Next week. The Rockies.

    All I can say is I hope the Red Sox sweep this thing…and I hope a lot of people in Denver have the same work ethic as you do next week!

  10. Michelle says:


    Your career as a Red Sox fan has lasted longer, and will exceed your career as what you do for a living. You contemplate putting Renee through more labor to make them win, and you probably even have a “Papi” shirt that would be perfect for the occasion.

    And yet, he says no.

    Way to be “responsible.”

    I don’t even like the Sox and I’m disappointed in you.

  11. Anna says:

    I’ve been thinking more about this. When you said that people will ask “Where’s Mike ?”at this work event tonight? The answer is, “AT THE WORLD SERIES, WOULDN’T YOU BE?”

  12. Stephanie says:

    Seriously? I’m in awe!

  13. I have nothing to say…but “WOW”

  14. Pessimistic Redhead says:

    Wow. Just, wow.

  15. Ashley says:

    You. Said. NO!?! ohmygod. you have such willpower. I hope you get a HUGE RAISE out of this because um i would have been at that game if i had the chance.

  16. Stephanie says:

    I for sure thought by now we would have a huge GO REDSOCKS POST.. Where is Mike?

  17. Barb says:

    I can’t even believe you turned that down.. I would have driven from FLORIDA where I was on vacation to attend that game… Hell it might be the last time Schilling is in a Sox uniform…. but yeah… hope the work function turned out ok….. Good lord!!!

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