Sunday marked the close of the 2015 Boston Red Sox campaign at Fenway Park, as the team played the last game of their final home stand in Boston.
It was a day full of farewells, capping off an at times turbulent season full of change within the team and within the organization. In an on-field ceremony, the Red Sox honored longtime President & CEO, Larry Lucchino, who is stepping down at the end of this season after 14 years in that role. It was a simple but beautiful tribute, and a fitting exclamation point to an ownership group that has accomplished a lot of great things together.
Equally bittersweet was a fan tribute to NESN’s Red Sox broadcaster of the last 15 years, Don Orsillo. The announcer received a standing ovation from fans in the park after a video montage was played on the big screen.
These come on top of team manager John Farrell’s cancer diagnosis and former General Manager Ben Cherington’s decision to step down earlier this year. That’s a lot to happen all at once.
I guess it goes to show how quickly things can change, even when it may appear that they’ll stay the same forever. That seemed to be a theme this season around here, and it will be interesting to see the changes that will undoubtedly continue this winter.
This brings my sixth complete season working in Major League Baseball to a close. I put in more hours and worked harder this year than in any previous season. It was exhausting at times, but the new challenges I encountered this season only make me love the job even more. The results on the field weren’t what most of us predicted, but I’m proud of both the quantity and quality of the work I produced documenting the 2015 season. I learned a lot and tried new things. I know not every work place allows the freedom to do that so easily, so I’m grateful for the opportunity.
Now to shift focus onto other work and projects that I’m behind on!