Friday, February 23, 2018

Kaley Missert Visits Section 36!

Section 36 has another visitor! Kaley Missert is a talented musician, a Red Sox fan, and the current Miss Liberty. I was
thrilled when she agreed to visit with us to discuss those topics, and a few more. Hope you enjoy what she had to say!

So, let’s see what happens when Kaley Missert visits Section 36!

How did you celebrate winning the Miss Liberty crown?
I celebrated winning by going out to a local restaurant in Concord with some friends that came to cheer me on at the competition! It was really nice after a long day competing being able to relax and catch up with them.

What has surprised you the most about your time as Miss Liberty?
One thing that has really surprised me about being Miss Liberty has been how close the community of Concord is! I grew up in Southern New Hampshire so I have only really been up to the State’s Capitol on special occasions. However, at every event I’ve done up at Concord so far during my year everyone in the community has been very supportive of each other, as well as my journey to Miss New Hampshire.

What have you learned from your past pageant experiences that will help you at the Miss New Hampshire competition?
If I have taken away one big lesson from competing so far, it’s to just take a step back to relax and enjoy myself! I truly do love competing and have met some amazing people through this organization: from local directors, the board, other contestants, and everyone in between! 

How did you select your platform, “Devon Nicole House”?
Devon Nicole’s House is a charity that is very near and dear to my
heart. It was actually opened in June of 2004 by my parents Thomas and Deanna Missert in memory of my younger sister, Devon Nicole. Devon Nicole’s House has provided a “home away from home” for hundreds of families who have children seeking treatment at Boston Children’s Hospital from all 50 states, as well as from nations around the world. Taking trips to Devon Nicole’s House to drop off home cooked meals, greeting cards, and other donations from local businesses is one of my favorite things to do. Even just going to the house to visit with staff and families is truly an amazing experience.

You play the piano for the talent portion of competitions. How do you decide which piece you'll be playing?
I take a lot of different aspects into consideration while choosing my piece! I love playing more technically difficult pieces and I absolutely love classical music. However, at the same time I want to make sure I play a piece that will grab the audience’s and judge’s attention with entertainment value! Usually, I try to aim for a piece somewhere in between. I’m very excited for this year’s selection!

You’re also an accomplished French Horn player. What do you like most about that instrument?
That’s a tough question! I really appreciate classical music and the Horn has a lot of great pieces of literature to read! I’ve had the opportunity to play a lot of amazing pieces throughout the years including The Planets Suite by Gustav Holst and Festive Overture by Shostakovich. I am currently working on Mozart’s third horn concerto in Eb as well as Tchaikovsky’s 5th symphony, which features the horn. However, one of my favorite parts about being involved with music in general has got to be the community! I’ve met so many great and talented people from different ensembles I’ve played in, festivals and workshops I’ve performed in, and more! Having the opportunity to work with such talented musicians on a daily basis from my peers to my professors is quite inspiring.

Who was your favorite Red Sox player growing up? Why?
My favorite Red Sox player growing up was definitely David Ortiz! He helped reverse the curse and he was really prolific in the community as well as a great player and role model. His efforts both on and off the field are outstanding. It’s hard not to look up to him!

What is your favorite Red Sox memory?
My favorite Red Sox memory has got to be going to see a game
with my senior class right before graduation in 2016! It was so awesome going to Fenway with the people that I grew up in one big group. Not only did we get to celebrate a Sox win, but all of our successes throughout the year as well!  

What are you most looking forward to about the 2018 Red Sox?

I’m looking forward to see how Alex Cora takes control of the team! The last time the Red Sox had a new manager they won the world series, so I am hoping there will be a similar result!


I like the sound of that plan!

As always, I want to thank Kaley for visiting. I’m flattered she agreed to spend the time with us. I also want to thank her for sending along the fantastic pictures that accompany the interview. They matched up perfectly with the answers. 

As Kaley continues her time as Miss Liberty, I encourage you to follow her on the official Facebook page. 

And, of course, I want to wish Kaley luck this summer when she competes for the Miss New Hampshire crown. At this point, more than half the competitors on stage will have visited Section 36. How awesome would it be for one of them to come out on top?

Thanks again Kaley, and good luck!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Show Your Excitement!

Wasn’t that dose of springtime weather yesterday a welcomed relief? If you’re anything like me, it made you fully realize that summer is just around the corner. And, that means Red Sox baseball!

It probably also made you realize that it was definitely time to bring the summer wardrobe out from the back of the closet. All those t-shirts and tank tops could once again see the light of day.

But, I bet you also realized that you could use a few new items to add to your wardrobe. Right?

Lucky for you, the Section 36 store can help you! As it happens, the store is in the midst of a sale! You can take advantage of the opportunity to refresh your summer wardrobe AND show your excitement level for Section 36 and the upcoming baseball season. Sounds perfect, right?

So, get something now, during this limited time sale!

So, head over right now and select something that you like. But, don't delay. Remember, the sale only runs through Sunday! That's right only a couple days before prices go back to their regular levels.

And, as always, when you do get an item, send me a picture wearing it for me to share with the world! The blogFacebook, and even Instagram!

Like Kylee did to show off her amazing new tank top.

This tank is 27% off!

Or Holly did with her cozy new hoodie.

This hoodie is 21% off!

Or Nicolette did with her great t-shirt!

This t-shirt is 30% off!

But, first you need to buy something you like. There's a lot to choose from.

What will you get?

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

36 Pack Wax Match: Pack 8

The Stage has been set. The Match is underway. Who will come out on top? There’s only one way to find out.

Keep going, and open that eighth pack!

As we dive into this pack, the 1988 set has completely closed the gap and tied the match thanks to its pack seven victory. Can it keep going? Let's see!

Red Sox +2
That's a great start! A rookie card of Jody Reed would have brightened my day in 1988. Can I bring this box back in time?

Yankees -2
Well, easy come easy go. This Yankees card brings the pack back down to zero. And, bad news. That's the end of the scoring cards from 1988. This is going to be tough.

Let's take a look at the scoring cards from 1990!

OK. There they were. All the scoring cards from 1990!

Yup, the 1990 pack also had a score of zero. So, we have a tie pack! In a tie match! How exciting!

Does anybody want to win?

Box Bottom: 1988 +1 (1-0)
Pack 1: 1990 +6 (1-1)
Pack 2: 1990 +4 (2-1)
Pack 3: 1988 +3 (2-2)
Pack 4: 1990 +1 (3-2)
Pack 5: 1990 +1 (4-2)
Pack 6: 1988 +2 (3-4)
Pack 7: 1988 +3 (4-4)
Pack 8: TIE   +0 (4-4)

What will happen next time? 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Ok...Now what?

The slowest free agent chase in the history of free agent chases apparently came to a close yesterday. The Red Sox got their man, signing JD Martinez to a contract. They waited and waited, and only had to cave slightly. So, the power hitting addition that so many people insisted the Sox needed will be on the team this season.

Now what?

This wasn't a simple addition. It's not like the Sox had a physical hole that JD needed to fill. The Sox had a decent DH. They had a decent first baseman. They have one of the best outfields in baseball. There really isn't room for JD Martinez. They need to squeeze him in somewhere.

It's the somewhere that makes things the most interesting. 

From the sounds of things, Hanley Ramirez will be getting his fair share of the at-bats at first base, with JD taking the primary role at DH. But, how does Mitch Moreland get into the game? He has to be more than a defensive replacement, right?

So, that would imply that there will be times where JD plays the outfield so that Hanley can DH and Moreland can play first. Or does he play the outfield when one of the B Boys needs a break? Or does JBJ sit against tough lefties? Does Cora just pick the best five options every game to play the outfield/DH/1B out of JD/Hanley/Mitch/Tendi/JBJ/Mookie? Sort of a Patriots style, "best players for any given game" approach?

Does that mean the Sox don't need a traditional fourth outfielder since their DH will play that role? If they still need one, how does he get any plate appearances? Speaking of plate appearances, how does Cora handle it if it looks like Hanley will come up just short of the number he needs to secure his option year? 

It will be interesting to see how this all plays out. And, that's before we find out how Martinez will perform as a DH. 

The Sox got their man.

It's what comes next that's most important.

Monday, February 19, 2018

I Think I'm Going to be Writing this a lot this year

I'm just going to clear something up right off the bat. I'm grumpy today. Probably a bit too much sports radio for me. OK. Definitely way too much sports radio for me. It was a rare chance for me to catch more than I usually do, and unfortunately I took it. I, for some reason, felt the EEIdiots might have some good tidbits on spring training. But, no. They were complaining. Again.



It's not even that they keep harping on the same false narratives. It's not even that they switch the narrative from one side to the other. It's that they do it all at once.

And it's always negative.

Take today's Q&A with ownership. The owners feel the Sox are in a good place entering the season, as I do, even without making a huge offseason acquisition. They assume that the new coaching staff will bring out the best in the players they have, and that will make them a better team. Now, you'd think that the EEIdiots would be jumping up and down in excitement over this. After all, they were the ones who have been screaming to fire John Farrell. They felt he was costing the team games. I heard numbers like five games being thrown out during last season. So, it would seem, by replacing Farrell with Cora you'd at least get those five games Farrell lost you, right? Add five wins to last year's totals and the Sox are a 98-win team, finishing seven games ahead of the Yankees. Not sure you can ask for more out of a team than that. So, woo hoo! Right? Well no, apparently. It seems that despite having the talent to win 98 games, the Sox are woefully short on talent. They needed to add someone. They need power! Apparently a full season of Devers isn't enough. (Weren't they pretty high on him last year?) They need more!

So, they were even more frustrated when the ownership said that the Yankees adding Giancarlo Stanton was great for the rivalry. How dare they!?! The Sox stand pat, and the Yankees make a deal...and that's just good for the rivalry? 

Umm...yeah. It is.

Remember, by the EEIdiots own calculations, the Red Sox had a seven game cushion last season over the Yankees. Trading for Stanton made up about five of those. So, it brought the Yankees closer to the Red Sox. Which makes sense. The trailing team makes the crazy desperate move, while the leading team can play it safer. How is this hard to understand?

And, that's just the X's and O's games that Cora is getting the Red Sox. See, what people forget when they clamor for a bat to replace David Ortiz is that Mitch Moreland hit 22 HRs last season. So, the entire lack of offense from the Red Sox last season was due to the 15 HR drop from Ortiz to Moreland?

Of course not.

Several other players also had bad years. Betts, Bogaerts, and Hanley all drooped. Remember, that was Farrell's fault too. So, bring those guys back, and the Sox are a juggernaut. 

I'm trying to remember a line-up with more excitement at the top than Betts-Benintendi. Give me a healthy Bogaerts to go along with that. Hanley needs to be focused this year, or his option for next year is out the window. Bradley Jr is a whiz in centerfield. Devers could burst onto the scene. Vazquez promises to keep baserunners on their toes all season long. That offense should be fun to watch. You can't turn your back on any of them.

How could this team be more exciting?

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