Originally published Dec. 31, 2004. This story has been slightly modified and re-edited for today's encore presentation here.
It's New Year's Eve, from Toronto to here in D/FW, out toward Cali, and by the time most of you read this, it will be the new year in places like Seattle, Vancouver and Honolulu. In that spirit, see if you can't find a minute or two today to offer New Year's wishes to your fellow Bauxites, using the below format (yes, that's still the challenge!), made possible by the miracle workers at Baseball-Reference.com:
First, some advice ... if you need a little pick-me-up in order to find your bliss on New Year's day ...
... don't automatically reach for the Jack Daniels or the Johnny Walker (Red, Blue, Black or Gold(en) label) ... even too many Beers, (especially great minor beers like Sam Adams), too much wine or an excess of old-fashioned mead -- any could cause you to do something that forces a neighbor to call a cop.
Just find a friend, stay wise (you know, smart) from head to foot, maybe take a trip down to the local equivalent of Pop Tate's Chok'lit Shoppe (of Archie Andrews comic book fame) -- maybe you can turn on the T.V. and watch the ball drop in New York, N.Y. with Dick Clark or, if you must, Carson Daly or even Anderson Cooper.
Most of all, don't take a chance that could put your life at risk, or your new year could go to hell in a hand, basket. After all, who knows, maybe 2010 is the year of the third ring for each and every Blue Jay; that'd be something to celebrate here in the Batter's Box Fanzone.