Mere hours ago, I attended a Boston Red Sox-Florida Marlins game with my 90-year-old grandfather, Philip (né Filippo) Cistulli. Below is a brief account of same.
Before I begin in earnest, some brief information about my grandfather: he’s originally from Bristol, Connecticut, son of immigrants. After his father died (when my grandfather was quite young), he resolved more or less to become The World’s Greatest Pater Familias. By most accounts, he succeeded. He’s now a widower who splits his time between Florida and the Boston area.
Another note: despite the fact that my grandfather’s story could very well be rendered beautifully and heartbreakingly by someone so inclined to do such a thing, Carson Cistulli is decidedly not that writer. Most of our interactions consist of him offering career advice and me pretending I know better. It would be disingenuous to represent them otherwise.
Five Brief Conversations We Had
Me: Grandpa, you mind if I write about our trip to the game this afternoon?
Grandfather: I’d be honored — so long as you don’t write anything stupid.
Me: [Returning with two hot dogs] Grandpa, you catch any foul balls while I was gone?
Me: Two? What’d you do with them?
Grandfather: Threw’em back on the field.
Grandfather: Who’s that pitching there?
Me: Clay Buchholz.
Grandfather: He could have a good season if he gets back on track.
Me: Back on track? Grandpa, are you thinking of Josh Beckett?
Grandfather: [Pause] It’s possible that I’m thinking of Josh Beckett.
Me: [After Florida Marlin Mike Stanton’s second home run] Whaddaya think about Mike Stanton, Grandpa?
Grandfather: The Red Sox need someone like him, someone with power.
Me: Well, they’re pretty good, Grandpa, the Red Sox.
Grandfather: [Not satisfied in any way by this remark] That’s what they say.
Grandfather: [After David Ortiz’ third strikeout] Assorted Grumbling.
Me: Ortiz was actually the best DH in the league last year, Grandpa.
Grandfather: Variations on Assorted Grumbling.
What My Grandfather Talked About, and Where
Before the Game, at His Condo
Citrus fruits, the virtues of.
En Route to the Game
This one drawbridge, its habits.
At the Game
The intensity of the sun and what it meant to his (i.e. my grandfather’s) upper back.
On the Way Home
Publix supermarkets, distribution of in Jupiter, FL and vicinity.
Back at the Condo
The View From Where I Wrote This