What a day it was for me.
Once I got off work, I drove home, changed clothes and went to pick up my fiance to take her to dinner.
On the way to pick her up, I listened to Andrew Benintendi hit a single that drove in Mookie Betts to give the Red Sox a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning of Game 2 of the ALCS.
By the time we got to Frescoe’s, the Red Sox were up 2-0.
Sadly, the restaurant didn’t have the game on.
No, this is a Sunday night in Texas. So they had the TVs on NBC, waiting for the Sunday Night Game to start.
Fortunately for me, that game was the Patriots hosting the Chiefs.
We would end up finishing up before anything significant happened in that game, but the Red Sox had lost their lead and were losing 4-2 when we left. We did get to listen to Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a bases-clearing double to give the Sox a 5-4 lead on the way back to my house.
When we got back, I turned on TBS to watch the Red Sox game. In between innings, I changed the channel to NBC to watch the Patriots.
I know I might’ve provided a little too much background, but I’m about to get to the point.
By the end of the night, the Red Sox tied the ALCS at one game a piece, beating the Astros 7-5 and the Patriots defeated the undefeated Chiefs 43-40 to bring the Pats to 4-2 on the season.
So, the Red Sox won 108 games in the regular season and find themselves 3 wins away from a trip to the World Series. The Patriots have been to three of the last four Super Bowls, winning two of them, and are currently 4-2. The Bruins are 4-1 on the young NHL season with the second-highest goal differential in the league. And the Celtics, who kick things off Tuesday night against the 76ers, are projected to be one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference, if not the entire NBA.
So I ask you, has there ever been a better time to be a Boston sports fan?
Since the Patriots began their dynasty with their first Super Bowl win in 2002, there has been a combined 48 playoff appearances and nine championships between the four major sports teams in Boston.
This year is probably the most exciting year.
The Red Sox broke their franchise record for regular-season wins while leading the league in runs scored on their way to clinching home-field advantage throughout the entire playoffs before eliminating their storied rival Yankees in four games in the ALDS.
The Patriots are on a revenge tour after losing the Super Bowl to the Eagles in February. After starting 1-2, they have won three straight scoring 38-plus in each of those wins. With the drama in Pittsburgh and the fact that they beat the Chiefs Sunday night, the Patriots are still the team to beat in the AFC.
The Celtics went to their second-straight Eastern Conference Finals last season, finishing one game shy of their first trip to the NBA Finals since 2010. That was without All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving and forward Gordon Hayward. Those two are back, along with the rest of the young, poised group.
I’ll be honest, I don’t keep up with hockey. Those Bruins stats I brought up earlier were looked up as I was writing this. My dad says the Bruins have a good chance this year though.
Long story short, this is a great time to be a Boston sports fan. The city has a chance to win the first ever “City Slam.”
The City Slam is a term coined by my dad which describes the accomplishment of a City’s four major sports teams all winning their respective championships in the season beginning in the same year.
I know it sounds far fetched and I might be slightly biased, but it is realistic.