Tashkent Red Sox Fans Following World Series

by Laurence on 10/27/2004 · 2 comments

From The Boston Herald:

BOSTON – It’s 5 a.m. in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Most people are either sleeping or groggily rubbing their eyes as they get ready for work, but Ric Glaub and his friends have their game faces on.

It’s October, and the Boston Red Sox are in the playoffs, looking for the team’s first World Series championship since 1918. The five members of the Tashkent Red Sox Fan Club, clutching their tea or coffee – or if it’s a weekend game, a bottle of Russian beer – don’t want to miss a pitch.

“We have seen the sun come up in Tashkent many times over the past couple of weeks,” Glaub, an Idaho native who developed an affection for the Red Sox while working in Boston during the 1980s, said in an e-mail interview. “Except on weekends, and even sometimes on weekends, most of us have to begin work as soon as the games end. Most Americans working here tend to put in long hours and watching these games takes away from already limited sleep time. We can have it no other way.”

“As Red Sox fans everywhere are saying, we can sleep in November,” he said.

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Nathan October 27, 2004 at 11:59 am

Reminds me of following the University of Oregon football season when I was in the Peace Corps. The country director at the time was from Oregon too and a huge sports fan. He had AFN and recorded tons of sports for us. Oregon State had a good season that year and showed up on there occasionally.

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