Thursday, April 19, 2018

Real Competition

It's a pretty standard argument for the EEIdiots. Sure, things are going well now...but when they face "X", their weakness will be a problem. "X" can be a specific threat, like a lefty starter, or a general overriding doom, like a playoff team. I don't really know where this constant counterpoint comes from.

Are they just trying to be negative? Is that just easier? After all, there's always something to pick on somewhere. "I'm concerned about the inconsistency of their fifth starter. In September that could come back to bite them." Of course, ignoring that every fifth starter is inconsistent. That's why they're fifth starters. Or, are they just playing the odds? After all, chances are that in any given year, the Red Sox aren't going to win the World Series. Only one team gets to. So, if you keep saying that the Sox aren't a championship team, chances are you'll be right more often than you're wrong. Heck, even the Patriots have "only" won the Super Bowl 5 times in the last 20 years. So, if you point out a flaw every year and say "this makes me nervous about their chances..." you'll be right three times as often as you'd be wrong. Those are good odds.

Which is why they do it all the time, even to the Patriots. "Sure, they won, but an elite quarterback will chew them up." Of course, ignoring that there are, like, three elite quarterbacks in the leagues, and they have one of them. Honestly, most teams don't have players talented enough to take advantage of any Patriots weaknesses. But there's always that flaw radio hosts can hold over their heads. "If they face a crushing running back." "If they face a fast secondary." They just ignore that those things they fear don't really exist.

Which is what's happening to the Red Sox and their amazing start to the season. Sure, they're 15-2. But, who have they played? Will they be in trouble when they face actual competition?

Now, I'll be the first to admit that starting the season with nine games against the Rays and Marlins was an incredible gift. And, if they were 5-4 after those games, I wouldn't be crowing about their winning record. Even if they were 6-3. But, 8-1 is pretty dominant no matter who you're playing. Still, people were cautious. Let's see when the "real" season starts against the Yankees. 

Then, the Sox took 2 of 3 from NY.

Ok, so one series. They won one series at home against a good team that's been struggling a bit. Let's see if they can keep this up.

Then they beat the Orioles in a winter storm. Geez, it was just the Orioles. Wait until they face the Angels and their 13 wins. This'll be the test!

Then the Sox outscored the Angels 19-1 in the first two games of the series. 

Well, maybe the Angels aren't that good. After all, they've played Oakland a lot early in the season. Maybe their record is inflated. They're not the measuring stick they thought they were.

So, the Sox are still waiting to see what happens when they play this mythical "good" team. 

But, which team is it?

Certainly not the A's this weekend. Toronto? The Astros at the end of May?

It seems to me that if you're waiting until the end of May until you're facing your "real" competition, that's not a flaw in your team. It's because you have no real competition.

It's because you're a really good team.

We knew this going in, because last year they were a really good team that battled some injuries. This shouldn't be shocking anyone. Oh, sure, the sheer level of domination is surprising. But, they're a first place team.

No matter the competition.

Travel Team

After tonight’s game the Red Sox will travel north to prepare to play the Oakland A’s. Traveling to the Bay Area, of course, reminds me of this blog’s favorite Bay Area travel agent. You may remember Bernadette from the many pictures she has submitted to the blog. 

Naturally, as a travel agent, she’s taken many pictures while traveling. Like these. 




Of course, while in town the Sox might have the opportunity to attend a special event. Which is perfect since another one of Bernadette’s talents is as an event planner! 

Bernadette also writes a wonderful blog detailing her life. Her life, her travels, her fitness. It’s all covered and most definitely worth the read. 



So if you’re looking for a travel agent, or are hosting a Bay Area event, get in touch with Bernadette. You can find her on twitter here or here. Or on Instagram here or here. And read her blog as much as you can. Be sure to tell her you saw her on Section 36! 

It won’t do anything for you, but it’ll be more fun for me!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Feel Good About Looking Good


Many of you will recognize Bryanne from her many contributions to this blog. She’s always been willing to send in pictures for me to post, whether she’s watching a game in Fenway or climbing New England’s highest mountain. The sheer volume of quality pictures she’s sent in has definitely been a godsend to this blog. In many of those pictures she has been shown sporting a Section 36 tank top. Again, she seems to wear it everywhere which is just awesome from my point of view.


As it happens, Bryanne will be running in Muckfest Boston next month. If you don’t know, Muckfest is a five-mile obstacle course that raises money for MS research. As part of that, Bryanne is raising money to donate through her team, the Lucky Muckers.

With such a great cause being supported by such an asset to the blog, I felt Section 36 should try to help. Taking my cue from her willingness to frequently wear her Section 36 tank top I’ve decided that all my profits from sales of Section 36 gear for the rest of April will be donated though her Muckfest team. That’s 15% of the purchase price!

Even better for you, the Section 36 store will be having a sale starting today and running through the weekend! It’s the perfect time for you to get the gear you’ve been thinking about getting at a lower price, and help support a great cause at the same time!

So head on over (HERE) and get a tank top of your own. Or a tee. Or a hoodie. Or even a sticker or coffee mug! You can feel good knowing that 15% of that purchase price will be used to support Bryanne in her efforts to help find a cure for MS. (You should also check out her Muckfest team page to find other ways you can help.) It doesn’t get much better than that.

You really can feel good about looking good.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Way Out West

Usually I like West Coast games. Well, at least I enjoy them more than Midwest games. For games in California, I know there's no way I'm staying up for the whole thing. There's not much chance I'll be up for more than an inning or two. So, I don't even have to try. I can just go to bed, and wake up to find out the score. It's nice to have all the decisions made for you like that.

But, this week it's different.

For one thing, the Sox are on fire. I hate the idea of missing a chance to see the bludgeon another team into submission. They're just too much fun right now to be happy about missing a game or two.

Second, David Price is on the mound tonight. I hate missing a chance to see one of the Sox aces do his thing. Especially after I was robbed of a longer outing by him last time he was on the mound. I hate the idea of missing this one too.

Third, Shohei Ohtani is on the mound tonight. There's lots of excitement around him right now, so I wouldn't mind seeing him before it fades away. Which I can only assume it will. Right now, Ohtani reminds me of Randy Moss. When he was drafter, he had some character questions that caused him to slide lower in the draft than you'd expect for a guy with his talent. Minnesota took a chance on him, and he went out to have a massive rookie season. People started crowing about how the Vikings had taken the gamble and won. No. Everyone knew he had the talent, and could have a good season. The issue was spending a first round pick on a talent that may wear out his welcome. The first year wasn't a win. The tenth year was. The same, I feel, goes for Ohtani. Yes, he's playing well. Everyone know he could play well. The question that stopped teams from offering the big bucks was the long haul. Can he keep up the pitching performance over an entire season while he's hitting three times a week? Can he hit when he's spending so much time not hitting? The April numbers weren't the question. (Well, weren't as big of a question.) It's the September numbers that people wondered about. That's when the Angels can brag about being right. 

But, I'd still like to see what all the fuss is about.

So, I'm actually disappointed about missing tonight's game. 

I can't wait to read all about it in the morning!

Monday, April 16, 2018

36 Pack Wax Match: Pack 15

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 fifteenth pack!

As we dive into this pack, 1988 finally started to chip away at 1990's lead with a victory in pack 14! Can it keep closing the gap? Let's see!


Yankees -2
Well, that's a bad start for 1988. Frankly, it's just a bad card overall. A picture of Bill wearing an unmarked blue jacket? Geez, he could be me sitting around posing for pictures. 



Hall of Famer +1
The Wizard of Oz gets a point back. At least his shirt has a logo on it! 



Red Sox +2
This Red Sox card allows 1988 to finish in the black. A nice action shot too...if his left arm wasn't cropped out of the photo.

And that's where the scoring ends for 1988. Can 1990 perform better?


Yankees -2
Not like that it can't! Sure, it's a nice picture. Most of everything even shows up in the frame. But, it's still negative points for the pack.


Hall of Famer +1
1990 Gets one back with this great dual shortstop card. Not the world's most creative title for this Superstar Special. Even with both players playing for "bird" teams, Fleer went the boring route.

Unfortunately for 1990, that's where the scoring ends! That allows 1988 to take the pack, and continue chipping into that lead. 


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)
Pack 9:  1990 +2 (5-4)
Pack 10: 1990 +4 (6-4)
Pack 11: 1990 +4 (7-4)
Pack 12: 1990 +1 (8-4)
Pack 13: 1990 +5 (9-4)
Pack 14: 1988 +3 (5-9)
Pack 15: 1988 +2 (6-9)


What will happen next time?

Friday, April 13, 2018

Sarah Tubbs Visits Section 36!

Section 36 has another visitor! Sarah Tubbs is a dancer, a Red
Sox fan, and the current Miss Greater Derry. I'm so glad that in-between her many activities she agreed to visit with us to discuss those topics, and a few more. I'm sure you'll love what she has to say!

So, let’s see what happens when Sarah Tubbs visits Section 36!


How did you celebrate winning the Miss Greater Derry Crown?
I was so excited to win the very first local of the Miss NH Season last June, I'm sure I celebrated with a good night's sleep as I had a dance recital the next morning for one of the studio's I teach at. 

You have twice finished as first runner up at the Miss New Hampshire competition. What did you learn from those experiences that will help you at the next Miss New Hampshire?
Gosh, I have grown an incredible amount since my first year on the Miss New Hampshire stage when I was first runner up (the first time) it's hard to even summarize. I was able to attend the National Sweetheart Pageant that Fall and I was so humbled to be amongst the most driven, accomplished and intelligent women in the country during my time there. Truthfully, I wasn't sure how I even fit in with everyone! Here's what I learned- to believe in myself, because clearly other people believed in me. I had the potential to grow in the program to become just as accomplished as the young women I met on my journey. 

Each year I have competed in Miss New Hampshire I have brought
a different version of myself because each year I have been in a different place in my life. Last year, I went into the week of Miss NH knowing that nothing would make me happier than being able to spend the year immersed in service and practicing, teaching and performing dance as Miss New Hampshire. I didn't walk away with the crown, but first runner up (again!), and that didn't stop me. I made some courageous decisions and believed in ME, one year later I'm a full time dance teacher and the owner of non-profit organization with two missions trips to Africa under my belt. You could say service and dance have become my life despite my initial goals.

So how will these experiences help me at the upcoming Miss New Hampshire competition? I am confident, I am brave, I am full of faith in myself and my abilities and most of all I am ready for another amazing week. I am grateful for each experience I have encountered- from not even winning a local title my first year to the woman I have become today five years later! Keep learning changing and growing! 

You’re a former captain of the University of New Hampshire Dance Team. What was that experience like?
I like to compare it to running a small business, it was a 24/7 responsibility, but worth every minute. We were a student led organization and did not have much support from the school. My goal as captain was to build a team that shared a passion for dance, a love for their teammates and the drive to want to succeed as a whole. I made my very best friends on the UNH Dance Team and we all surpassed our goal as a team by making it to the "Finals" round of Nationals for the first time ever in UNH History! That first year that I was captain tested my strength as a leader, but seeing my team in tears of joy after months of hard work, late night practices and lots and lots of team bonding made me realize I'm at my best when I'm leading my peers to success.

Your competition talent is lyrical dance. How does that performance differ for you from a Dance Team performance?
The UNH Dance Team did perform many jazz and pom styled
routines at sporting events, rallies and shows however we were also always working on our nationals routine which was a "lyrical" style jazz dance. The main difference is dancing as a team vs. a solo! The athleticism of perfecting a 2 minute routine to be perfectly synchronized (down to our breathing) is an insane process but an incredible to be a part of something bigger than you could ever do by yourself. In my talent solo, it is a much more intimate setting where I am able to share my own personality and my own story. 

How did you select your platform, “Welcome to Holland: The Beauty of Diff-abilities”?
There is a poem called "Welcome to Holland" that has been hanging on my fridge since my little sister, Nicole, came home from the hospital with a Congenital Heart Defect. Anyone reading this should google it and read it fully! It expresses the importance of opening your life to accept the beauty that comes with our difference, instead of being closed up and upset that your life may have been pointed in a different direction than you were expecting. 

I would like to mention however, that I decided to change the title of my platform this year to "The Beauty of Diff-abilities: Creating Opportunities for a Brighter Future," as I believe it is more relevant for a larger audience to understand and be able to relate to. My goal is to create opportunities for children and adults with disabilities that will help them build genuine connections, normalized friendships and an expansion of activities (most of which are in the form of movement and dance!) My platform is something that I need to get everybody involved with, whether you have a disability or you are able-bodied, because we all have so much to offer in each others lives.

What should I know about “APSI: Love to Serve”?
Children in Uganda do not get to go to school unless they can afford it. This means they are at home, malnourished and getting into trouble or are living as orphans on the streets with no guidance. Every child should have the right to an education. APSI: Love to Serve is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization that I created that matches sponsors in America and the UK with neglected, abandoned and orphaned children in Uganda. For $160 the child received a full year of education, two meals a day and access to health care. The opportunity to receive an education and be properly fed is the only chance these kids have at a brighter future. I started the organization after my first service trip to Uganda in July and since then we have sent almost 60 children to school that would not otherwise have been able to afford it. We have created
jobs at schools, helped fund small businesses for families to be able to have an income and have supported many medical needs. 

Who was your favorite Red Sox player growing up? Why?
Big Papi, of course! He was a part of the team to break "the curse" and always fun to watch. You could tell that he was a guy everyone liked, even the guys on the other teams he seemed to be friends with! 

What is your favorite part about being at Fenway to watch the Sox in person?
I love the atmosphere of Boston fans! It's always so fun seeing how everyone comes together for the love of baseball, and of course my very favorite part is singing "Sweet Caroline!"

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

Well.... every year the newly crowned Miss New Hampshire along with the executive board attend a Red Sox game together. I look forward to seeing who gets to attend this year! 

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Agreed, that would be a fun trip!

As always, I want to thank Sarah for visiting. She had a lot of wonderful things to say. I also want to thank her for sending along so many pictures to accompany the interview. They covered every aspect of what we talked about, which is great.

As Sarah continues her time as Miss Greater Derry, I encourage you to follow her on the official Facebook page and Instagram account. You should also check out the Facebook page for her non-profiAPSI: Love To Serve to follow along with all the good work she's doing there.

And, of course, I want to wish Sarah luck this spring when she competes for the Miss New Hampshire crown. Can you believe that Sarah marks the 20th titleholder that will be competing this year who has visited Section 36? How awesome would it be for one of them to come out on top?

Thanks again Sarah, and good luck!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Let's try an Experiment

How about a little imagination game. Let's pretend that the Red Sox and Yankees swapped seasons. 

The Yankees started the season 8-1 after playing the Rays and Marlins. The Red Sox stood at 5-5 after playing the Jays, O's and Rays. 

The Red Sox then went into Yankee stadium, and saw Chris Sale give up five runs in five innings as part of a 14-1 beatdown. Then, the following day David Price gives up six runs in five innings. Only because Tanaka has to leave the game with an injury after an inning to the Red Sox squeak out a victory.

Worse than that, Brock Holt charged the mound because he was plunked as payback for a dirty slide, so he'll be suspended soon. And, JD Martinez has more strikeouts that Chris Sale, while Stanton hit a grand slam last night to keep the game close.

Got that?

How would Boston fans and media be reacting? Would they point out that the Yankees had only played the Rays? Of course not. They'd be whining about the Yankees running away with the division. Would they be pointing out that they Yankees pitching only looks good because of the competition? Of course not. It would be confirmation that the Red Sox are no match for them. Would they notice the performance of the two Red Sox aces? Absolutely. They can't pitch when it matters. See? 

So, how come the opposite isn't true in real life? Why is everyone waiting for the Red Sox to face "real" competition? Why do we assume the Yankees starters will just figure it out? Why do we assume that the Red Sox are doomed for failure? Because, boy, if the shoe were on the other foot, we'd sure be giving the Yankees a lot of credit.

Maybe the Sox deserve some of their own?

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Friend of the Blog: Serena

With the Red Sox hosting the Yankees at the moment, I thought it was a good time to give an extended shoutout to Serena, who has definitely earned "Friend of the Blog" status, despite being a fan of the Evil Empire.

As I'm sure you're aware, I love pictures. Specifically, I love people sending in pictures to post. Whenever someone sends in a bunch of great pictures, or a particularly good picture I love it even more. Maybe I'll make a bigger deal out of it, which I should. Then I have to remind that Serena continuously sends in amazing pictures. So much so, that I may take it for granted a bit. So, to rectify that, I want to give her her due!

Not only do her pictures have quality AND quantity, they have variety. They cover just about every category I look for. For instance...

Since Serena is a yoga instructor (hence her twitter: theyogijedi. Check it out. Now. I'll wait.) several of her pictures have been of her working out. And, of course, she's wearing her Section 36 gear (get yours here) in order to take the perfect picture. Like these:





But that's not all. As you probably know (especially if you frequent the BYBHub) Serena is half of the Traveling Baseball Babes. As a duo, they can always be counted on to supply great pictures. Whether is posing with different Section 36's they find during their stadium tours...





Or expressing their desire to be in the best section around...




So, as you can see, Serena has been a true friend (and asset) to the blog. I greatly appreciate her many contributions, and can't wait to see which ones come next!

Thanks Serena!

Friday, April 6, 2018

Jordan St.Onge Visits Section 36!

Jordan (r), joined by her sister queens
Miss Cambridge Mackenzie Starnes (l)
and Miss Boston Madison Cota
Section 36 has another visitor! 

Jordan St.Onge is a Red Sox fan, a talented dancer, and the newly crowned Miss Boston's Outstanding Teen. She will be competing this very weekend for the title of Miss Massachusetts' Outstanding Teen! Thankfully she was able to take a break from her preparations to talk with us about her time as Miss Boston's Outstanding Teen, and of course the Red Sox! I'm really glad she did.

So, let's see what happens when Jordan St.Onge visits Section 36!


How did you celebrate being crowned Miss Boston’s Outstanding Teen?
By going out to eat with my family and friends, without having a nervous stomach.

What made you decide to start competing within the Miss America Organization?
When I heard about the opportunities available to get scholarship money for my future education as well as getting involved in my community.

With Miss Boston’s Outstanding Teen appearances (and interviews) how do make sure your duties won’t interfere with your schooling?
I was a local titleholder last year where I made 115 appearances,
completed over 100 hours of work with the American Lung Association, kept my grades up and played 3 seasons of sports so I am very familiar with multi tasking.

You finished first runner up in last year’s Miss Massachusetts’s
Outstanding Teen competition. What lessons did you learn from that experience that will help you at this year’s competition?
I learned what a state pageant interview is like in comparison to the local interview. I definitely feel that I prepared differently this time. I also learned that the competition is stronger so I have to work extremely hard to achieve my goal.

Your competition talent is Irish step dance. What’s your favorite part about that activity?
I like how it’s different from most talents. It seems to capture the audience’s attention and I enjoy it. I also love that it allows me to show off a bit of my Irish heritage.

How did you select your platform, “Big Tobacco’s Final Hour: Lung Cancer Awareness and Prevention”?
I chose this platform for a very personal reason. My grandmother was diagnosed 4 years ago with Stage 4 Metastatic Lung Cancer that had metastasized in her spine. She is a nonsmoker but was exposed to a large amount of second hand smoke so now she is struggling everyday. I decided at that time that I would fight to raise awareness and funds in her honor.

Who is your favorite current Red Sox player? Why?
Andrew Benintendi because he bats well, he is a talented outfielder and he’s cute.

How do you think the Red Sox will finish the 2018 season?
I have faith that they are going to do well during the regular season and should make it pretty far in the playoffs.

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Hard to argue with that!


As always, I want to give a huge thank you to Jordan for taking the time to visit with us. Another big thank you to her for providing the incredible picture to go along with the post. It's definitely one of the best!

If you want to keep track of keep track of Jordan during her time as Miss Boston's Outstanding Teen, check out her official website and social media accounts:  Instagram and Facebook!

Of course, I also want to wish Jordan the best of luck this weekend at the Miss Massachusetts' Outstanding Teen competition. How amazing would it be if the winner was a forever Section 36 visitor for the second year in a row?

Thanks again for the visit Jordan, and good luck this Sunday!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

36 Pack Wax Match: Pack 14

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 fourteenth pack!

As we dive into this pack, 1990 has extended its commanding lead in the match thanks to its victory in pack thirteen! Can it keep extending its lead? Let's see!


Yankees -2
Well, that's not the best start. This incredibly boring card of Tim Stoddard knocks 1988 back to -2.


Hall of Famer +1

That's better. This great second year card of Barry Larkin brings the pack total up to -1.


Hall of Famer +1

And back to the starting point. This card featuring two Hall of Famers still only counts as one point. I've always been a fan of the SuperStar Special series of cards. This is no exception, with a great pairing.


Hall of Famer +1

That's more like it. This Hall of Famer brings the points into positive values. A great card with the pinstripes matching nicely with the card border stripes.


Hall of Famer +1
And here we have what is most likely the best card in either box. It's weird to think that I just opened a box of cards that contains the rookie card of a Hall of Famer. 

With that, the 1998 pack ends its scoring, with +2. How will the 1990 pack fare?


Hall of Famer +1

There's a good start. This plain card of George Brett nets the pack a point, and the lead is cut in half.


Yankees -2
Well, This won't help. The Yankees card pushes the pack total below zero.

And this is where it will stay. The pack is done. The long streak for 1990 has ended, and 1988 has finally returned to the winner's circle.



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)
Pack 9:  1990 +2 (5-4)
Pack 10: 1990 +4 (6-4)
Pack 11: 1990 +4 (7-4)
Pack 12: 1990 +1 (8-4)
Pack 13: 1990 +5 (9-4)
Pack 14: 1988 +3 (5-9)


What will happen next time?

Monday, April 2, 2018

So Far, So Good

So close. 

Imagine what we'd all be saying if Joe Kelly hadn't completely imploded on Opening Day. Imagine if one more of those balls had found the strike zone, or one of those hits had found a fielder's glove. We'd be looking at an undefeated team that has gotten amazing starting pitching and is sitting comfortably in first place. 

As it it, we're looking at a 3-1 team with excellent starting pitching, and the division lead. Not much more you can ask for, really. 

Yes, the Sox have been playing the Rays. But, they didn't select the team to play. They play the schedule. They have to play the Rays nineteen times a season, so winning a majority of those games is important. After all, the best teams in history padded their records by beating up on the weaklings. 

But, really, more than results we should look at performance. So whether David Price gave up a run is less important than the fact that he looked good, and in control. Rick Porcello is certainly capable of giving up home rubs to the Rays. So, the fact that he kept the ball down is more important than if a grounder found the outfield or not. 

So, even against the Rays there's reason for optimism. The pitchers weren't striking out a bad lineup. They were throwing strikes. 
Of course, conversely, you could look for a negative by saying the offense didn't score ten runs a game against Rays pitching. But, when you're only supposed to get a hit once a game I can't get too wrapped up in a four game stretch. Especially when Alex Cora was trying to shuffle things to get everyone involved in a game as soon as possible and manage the amount time played on that Tampa Bay turf. The team scored runs. They got key hits. They did what they needed to do. Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts looked like their health would let them bounce back. 

The rest will come. 

Friday, March 30, 2018

Alainna Belanger Visits Section 36!

Section 36 has another visitor! Alainna Belanger is a Registered Nurse, a Red Sox fan, and the current Miss Exeter. I'm so glad that
she agreed to visit with us to discuss those topics, and a few more. I'm sure you'll love what she has to say!

So, let’s see what happens when Alainna Belanger visits Section 36!


How did you celebrate being crowned Miss Exeter?
After I was crowned Miss Exeter I wasn’t able to celebrate like I usually do. I put on my scrubs and headed off to work for a night shift at the hospital. My coworkers were so excited when I brought in my crown and sash!

What portion of the upcoming Miss New Hampshire competition are you most nervous about?
Since this is my fourth year at Miss New Hampshire I would say I’m not nervous about much, but more excited to be back again doing what I love.

What is your favorite part about singing on stage?
I love being able to tell a story, and share my emotional connection to the piece of music I am singing. When I sing, I feel like the world stops for a moment, and I feel so at peace knowing I get to share my love and passion for music.

At a recent appearance, you were able to dress up as your favorite Disney Princess, Ariel. What makes her your favorite?
Princess Ariel has been my absolute favorite princess since I first saw the movie The Little Mermaid when I was about 3 years old. I can remember standing in front of the TV at my grandmother’s house singing along during the movie. I’ve always admired her beautiful voice, and I think that’s how I started singing too!

How did you select your platform: “The PULSE: Creating a Healthy Community”? 
When I was nine years old, my grandparents removed my sister and
I from a situation that involved my parents and drug addiction. Throughout my life I’ve faced losing my dad to a drug over dose, and my mom being in and out of rehab as well as prison. Facing so much adversity at such a young age has taught me the importance of having a strong community and has instilled a drive within me to impact others’ lives. Thus, the creation of The PULSE; Creating a Healthy Community. The PULSE stands for Preventing risky behaviors, Understanding community issues, Living healthy, Saving the vulnerable, and Educating the public. With my platform I act as a motivational speaker and tell my story to kids across the state, and also am a Disaster responder with the American Red Cross.

You currently work as a Registered Nurse. Where do you see that career taking you?
Nursing has truly become my passion, I don’t see it as work anymore. I love what I do! After working in a few different hospitals, I have found that within nursing I really enjoy helping those who suffer from addiction. I currently am in school to become a Nurse Practitioner, and hope to one day have my own practice dedicated to those suffering from substance abuse disorder.

Who was your favorite Red Sox player growing up? Why?
My all-time favorite Red Sox player growing up was none other than David Ortiz. I remember him always hitting grand slams and wishing I could have been at the game to see it! Looking back at his time on the Red Sox, I admire his leadership skills and strength he brought to the Boston community.

If you can’t sit in Section 36, where do you like to sit to watch the Red Sox?
When I can’t sit in Section 36, I like to sit on my couch watching the Red Sox with my puppy Brady (yes he’s named after Tom, sorry Ortiz)! I love spending time with my family, cooking together, and sharing our love of sports and snacking!

What are you most looking forward to about the 2018 Red Sox season?
I cannot wait to see what J.D. Martinez brings to the field, and as much as I LOVE the Sox, anything is better than last season homerun wise!

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I know I can't wait to see what he can do either!

As always, I want to thank Alainna for visiting. She makes the second Miss Exeter in a row to visit with us, and it's alway fun to see a title progress. I also want to thank her for sending along the pictures that accompany the interview. They always make for a better post!

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

And, of course, I want to wish Alainna luck this spring when she competes for the Miss New Hampshire crown. It's humbling to realize how many women onstage with her this year will have visited Section 36. How awesome would it be for one of them to come out on top?

Thanks again Alainna, and good luck!

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