About mrwrite

A native of Ohio, I became a Red Sox fan
when I was just 7 years old. That was in 1975, when the Big
Red Machine faced the upstart Red Sox, who at the time had a
roster adorned with guys like Fred Lynn, Jim Rice, Dwight
Evans, Carlton Fisk, Luis Tiant, Rico Petrocelli and Bernie
Carbo. I fondly remember watching my first World Series game.
It was Game 6 of the ’75 Series, and my dad let me stay up
and watch all 12 innings of the classic that ended with Fisk
blasting the historic home run. Even though I was just 7, I
was hooked. I became an instant Sox fan, despite living in
Reds country. I have followed the team closely since. I came
home from school when I was 10 in 1978 and cried when Bucky
Dent hit the dinger off Mike Torrez. I was a senior in high
school when the ball rolled through Buckner’s legs and the
Sox lost Game 6 and Game 7 of the ’86 Series. As Red Sox
fans, I think we are blessed to feel a passion for what I
think is the greatest sports franchise. Though we have
endured lots of heartbreak, one thing is certain. It is rare
when the Red Sox are not in contention for a playoff spot.
With the presence of Epstein and Henry, I feel confident that
the Sox will continue to field winners that can compete with
the Yankees, and add another World Series flag to Fenway
Park. About my professional career, I earned a degree in
communication from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio,
and worked as a sports writer for a daily newspaper in Ohio,
covering high school, college and pro sports, including the
Reds and Bengals. I left the world of full-time sports
writing and served as a reporter and editor for newspapers
and magazines, and a public relations director for
organizations, before launching my own writing and PR
business. I am a freelance writer who specializes in sports
features, personality profiles, travel and lifestyle features
and business features for regional and national magazines. I
also serve as a publicist for companies and organizations
nationwide. A published author, I am also writing a
baseball-themed travel guidebook incorporating MLB and minor
league towns. You can read some of my work at
http://www.jefflouderback.com and http://www.writeperceptions.net. I
closely follow the Red Sox, reading all of the Boston
newspapers on a daily basis, reviewing Red Sox blogs,
following the happenings on MLB.com and even participating
regularly in Ian Browne’s Red Sox blog at http://www.redsox.com. I
look forward to hearing your thoughts and comments about the
Red Sox and baseball throughout the off-season and into
Spring Training and the regular season in 2007! Please also
feel free to visit Sox and Pinstripes
(http://www.soxandpinstripes.com), a blog I created with
Yankees fan Vincent Mercandetti to celebrate, discuss and
debate all things Red Sox, Yankees and baseball.


Watching, playing and reading about
baseball and basketball (I’m a lifelong Celtics fan in the
NBA); writing non-fiction; and embarking on day trips and
weekend getaways (I write travel features).