Play Ball

In recognition of the 2013 Red Sox home opener at Fenway Park, even though they're not playing their arch-rival Yankees, we offer this often-told tale: A Red Sox fan liked to try to scare every Yankees fan he saw crossing the street in an NY pinstripe shirt. He would swerve his van as if to hit them, then swerve back just in time to miss them. One day while driving along,

he saw a priest walking. He decided to do a good deed, so he asked the priest, "Where are you going, Father?" "I'm on my way to serve Mass at St. Thaddeus Church, about eight blocks down the street," replied the priest. The Red Sox fan replied "Get in, I'll give you a lift!" The priest climbed into the passenger seat, and they continued down the road. Suddenly, the driver saw a Yankees fan and instinctively swerved as if to hit him. But, as usual, he swerved back onto the road just in time. 

He heard a loud THUD, even though he was certain that he had missed the guy. Then he remembered the priest, and he turned to the priest and said, "Sorry, Father, I almost hit that Yankees fan." 

"That's OK," replied the priest. "I got him with the door." 

Joe Feeley is editor in chief for Control Design and Industrial Networking. Email him at or check out his Google+ profile.