“You know how fathers and sons always have issues with each other over the years?” Paicopolos added. “I just think what I realized is how important our relationship was over baseball — over the Red Sox.”
One story Paicopolos especially is glad that he mentioned while being interviewed is how he attended the 1961 All-Star Game at Fenway Park.
“I was like 9 or 10 years old then and it really made an impression on me,” Paicopolos said. “In that game, there were some of the all-time great Hall of Famers playing, National Leaguers in particularly. To see Willie Mays and those guys in person was incredible.”
As the book came more to fruition, Pearson asked Paicopolos to write the forward.
“I agreed because I thought it was kind of cool,” Paicopolos said.
Paicopolos didn’t receive much guidance writing the preface except for being told the publisher wanted a certain number of words.
“Which I failed at,” he said, laughing. “I didn’t write enough for them. But I had never done it before. So I had no clue. So I literally went on the internet and looked up, ‘What does it take to write a forward?’ I just went with it. I tried to explain from my perspective what it is to be a fan and kind of summarize a few key points in the book. It was a fun experience.”
Paicopolos said Pearson did a fine job finding what all 50 fans have in common.
“It’s such a diverse group of people,” Paicopolos said. “My favorite story is about a nun who’s a complete nut Red Sox fan and her experiences of how all that developed. And then he has people like Jim Calhoun, the (former) Connecticut Huskie basketball coach and my friend and co-founder of my site, Rick Glaub, who about 10 years ago was posted to Uzbekistan but has followed the Red Sox crazily since then.”