They had to be in that Boylston Street crowd on Marathon Day, up against the barricade, cheering passing runners. It is part of what bound the Richard family to Boston. The horror that followed, and their quiet courage in the face of it, will bind Boston’s hearts to theirs, forever.
“It became clear to us over the last few months that we would not run from the [Marathon] but embrace it to help us heal, to honor my son and his message, and to pay it forward.”
We’ve reached the limbo point in the offseason where Spring Training is over, teams are heading home to prepare for Opening Day, some stop along the way for an exhibition game or two and ball writers are eagerly waiting for some real news to hit the waves (looking at you, Miguel).
Finally: SOME REAL NEWS, with The O.C.’s Ben McKenzie (Ryan Atwood) and Logan Marshall-Green (Trey Atwood) planning to team up to bring knuckleballer R.A. Dickey’s comeback story with the Mets to the big screen.
The latest too-good-to-be-true-sports-story-so-we’ll-make-it-into-a-movie has been floating around the interwebz for a few days, but when a like-minded colleague tweeted about this today, it really got my gears turning. Two of my greatest passions — terrific baseball stories and the O.C., mingling.
And so it got me thinking, who would play who if R.A. met the O.C.?
Mets manager Terry Collins — Tate Donovan’s “he really screwed up but he’s still kind of endearing” Jimmy Cooper. He doesn’t have the “aw, cripes” quality that Collins brings, so this might be a stretch. But why the heck not. He can take a punch.
First baseman Ike Davis — A bearded Adam Brody’s Seth. This is too easy. Seth never would have been able to take on this role when the show was running, but he’s aged (barely) and I trust can grow a beard to match Ike’s. Nobody would be able to channel the Jewish clubhouse jokester better than Seth.
R.A. Dickey’s oldest daughter(because, sure) — Autumn Reeser’s mean-girl-turned-sweetheart Taylor Townsend. Really, you could take your pick here from Summer, Marissa, Taylor, Kaitlin, Anna, the list goes on. But I’m #TeamTaylor ‘til I die.
R.A. Dickey’s youngest daughter — Shailene Woodley’s (young) Kaitlin Cooper. Bet you didn’t know!
Mrs. R.A. Dickey — This is another role that could go to Kirsten Cohen (Kiki on second reference) or Julie Cooper-Nichol (Juju) but I think Juju fits the bill.
Editor’s note: Has no one from this show aged at all??
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson: I originally went with him for the Terry Collins role (either would be a good fit) but Alan Dale’s Caleb Nichol is a more accurate physical depiction for this role. The short salt-and-pepper hair is key.
I love my job, and it’s a privilege to watch and write about baseball for a living. But I often have to caution others when they insist I must have my “dream job” because, after all, a job is a job. It is hard work and it can be unforgiving.
And really there is no better example of all of this than Spring Training. The long, dreary winter comes to an end as sunshine and baseball re-enter my daily life. But with that comes time away from home (sometimes months at a time), early mornings and much longer work days and a greater challenge of finding stories in unfamiliar clubhouses among players who seem relevant in March but could be entirely forgotten in April. But that’s the job.