September 24, 2003

Dean Sox

Over at Absit Invidia and A Cry For Help, my regional fellow bloggers are talking about Dean and the Red Sox.

As someone who doesn't follow sports closely, I still wonder about the mystery of the Red Sox lure on New Englanders. You see, I still grew up watching the Sox with my dad on TV, hearing the games on the radio while we were out in the yard, and learning to hate the Yankees.

New Englanders like to argue. But we can all agree: we hate the Yankees. I am no different. When the Sox are playing the Yankees, I am suddenly interested. It's irresistable. And, I can't help but get a real boost when the Sox win. For those of you who know me as a person who generally avoids spectator sports, this may be a surprise. Hey, I don't understand it, but there is a Red Sox fan inside of me, struggling to get out. It's in the blood.

I was in Cranston last weekend and turned down a wrong street. As I came around the corner I was faced with a huge "Yankees" flag on one of the houses. I remarked to my wife "They must value freedom of speech and diversity here in Rhode Island. I can't imagine you'd get away with that in Mass."

That Dean understands the appeal of being a Sox fan is compelling. Does he feel the pain that runs deep in the faces of the Red Sox nation? Who knows, but he is reasonably convincing. Kerry's response was weak. You don't challenge a guy on his loyalty to the Sox. It's unspoken. Once you've converted, you're due sympathy and commiseration, not accusation. C'mon, Kerry. There's room for more than one Sox fan in the race. And it's pretty low to accuse someone of being a Yankee's fan. He said he was a Sox fan. And, as Sean Connery says in "The Untouchables" (in a different context):

Who would claim to be that, who was not? Hmm?
(Bonus - a Red Sox joke from a while back)

Posted by James at September 24, 2003 4:40 PM
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Cranston is full of Yankees fans. It's an Italian thing, I think.

Posted by: Bil at September 24, 2003 5:10 PM

LOL. I like the Yankees. It's actually possible to like to teams. (Or none at all!)

Posted by: julie at September 25, 2003 9:03 AM

TWO teams! damn keyboard...

Posted by: julie at September 25, 2003 9:04 AM

I'm sorry but there is no way you can be a true Yankees and a Red Sox fan at the same time. You can respect the Yankees and agree that they are likely the better team. You can enjoy watching them play but I don't see how you could under any circumstances ROOT for them no matter who they are playing. I do think you can be a fan of more than one team at once. I would call myself a Royals fan as well as a Red Sox fan (don't ask). But when it comes down to the two teams playing one another your going to have to pick one over the other.

Posted by: Bob at September 25, 2003 9:21 AM

Ack! Jules, don't tell me that... I'M NOT LISTENING, I'M NOT LISTENING... LA LA LA LA LA.

Posted by: JP at September 25, 2003 9:30 AM

You know, Julie, I think a Nobel Prize winning physicist published irrefutable proof that while one person can indeed like two teams, they can never be the Red Sox and Yankees. It's a fact. Quantum particles would fly all over the place, causing major damage. The same would also happen in the event of a Game 7 in a Red Sox/Cubs World Series.

Posted by: Bil at September 25, 2003 11:04 AM

In reference to Bil's last point we may be in trouble in 3 weeks or so (let's hope, can you imagine what Kenmore Square will look like if the Sox beat the Cubs in a game 7 at Fenway!!! I wouldn't recommend being with 20 miles of Boston unless you WANT your car overturned)

Posted by: Bob at September 25, 2003 1:07 PM

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