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Papi and Obama April 9, 2014:
The fundamentals of life

To be or not to be? How do you find happiness? Is nature more important than nurture? And what is the definition of "a start" in a baseball?

These are lifelong fundamental questions that humans have been grappling with since the dawn of the time. As the Red Sox Insider, my jurisdiction is focused only on the last of these questions and I can't answer (and barely understand) the other ones. Here's what I can say - 9 games doesn't constitute a start. We have a loooonnnnnng road ahead folks and there is no need to panic in Fenway-ville. There will be ups (thank you Big Papi), there will be downs, but I'm asking you to do what most sports fans can't do - be patient and let's see what happens in the coming weeks. But, it's so fun to relish late inning wins isn't it?

As for the ins and outs of Week 1 - despite the early start times targeted to encourage families to come into Fenway Park in the spring, sleep deprivation has set in a bit early in the front office. The ring/bling ceremonies on Opening Day took a Herculean effort. The co-maestros of Sarah McKenna and the Dr. Steinberg and their incredible teams went into overdrive organizing a ceremony that honored the team, the city and the heroes that make Boston distinct. It was fitting, touching and memorable. Even The Insider shed a few tears - something that Mrs. Insider found hard to believe.

Remember gang, after we face our rivals in New York and our rivals in the drawer (always a tough debate between wearing Red or White Sox), we will return home to face the O's starting on Friday April 18 for a series that will include a tribute to the 2013 Marathon heroes and victims (on Sunday), a Marathon celebration (on Monday) and hopefully 4 in the w column to before welcoming the Empire back to town.

I'm off to NYC for a return to the Big Apple to take care of business. Let's go!!

Yours truly,
– "The Front Office Insider"