Every year about this time, with the major league baseball trade deadline approaching (the last day of July), the Boston.com sports section runs a feature called The Buzz, rumor central regarding potential Red Sox trades. I don’t know why this always elicits a sense of excitement in me. Most years the trades the Sox make are weak, disappointing or busts (e.g.Eric Gagne a couple years ago). But sometimes they bring an exciting new ballplayer (e.g. Jason Bay last year). When The Buzz starts, it means the long baseball season is about half way over. It means pennant races are ready to heat up. It means we will have several weeks of trade speculation as dense as the summer weather. Days are longer. The air warmer.
It is the season of great hopefulness. Because once the trade deadline comes and goes, the days will begin to be noticeably shorter, there will be a hint of autumn in the night breeze, and some teams dreams of the post season will have ended.
So I want to wallow in the month of July, engaging in the idle trade speculation, imaging the Sox bringing in a thumper for the lineup, or a thrilling short stop. July is the month of my birthday, and I am hoping that Theo Epstein will deliver a nice present.