Thursday, October 25, 2007

Dear Red Sox Fans - Let It Go

Yesterday, one of my Red Sox-loving friends (whose numbers, I'm sad to say, have grown significantly over the years) sent a jab my way that was apparently meant to anger me as a Yankees fan. All it did was prove my theory on the post-2004 Sox fans.

My friend informed me with a smirk on his face, "We've been to twice as many World Series as you the past four years." True. Two appearances is indeed twice as many as zero. Unless you want to count the fact that it's not. (Two is twice as many as one, not zero, but we're mincing words here...)

At any rate, I saw in this remark the inability of the Sox fans to let go of the past. Too often I've cited the Yanks' 26 championships and had Boston fans retort with, "We're not focusing on the past. How many have you won recently?"

A message to all Sox fans - if you're so unconcerned with the past, then please let the past go. There was no reason, for example, for Sox fans to start chanting "Yankees Suck" throughout the campus of Assumption College in Worcester after the Sox beat the Indians in Game 7, which they did according to reports from my confused sister. In '04, when the Sox beat the Yanks after being down 3-0 in the ALCS, I thought it ludicrous to chant against the other team more heartily than for your own, but at least I could understand. This year, Boston was ahead of New York the entire season and never played them in the playoffs.

How, exactly, do the Yankees still apply to Sox Nation? Was a curse lifted or not?

The Red Sox have reached two World Series in the past four seasons. The Yankees have struggled in Division Series play and haven't been to the Series since 2003. They haven't won it all since 2000. Not long stretches of time by any means, but if you want to view yourselves as the heir to the baseball world's throne, oh mighty Red Sox, then you need to stop giving the Yanks so much power by continually mentioning them every time you win. You still hold them up on a pedestal. They haunt you still. Two World Series appearances be damned.

Once cursed, always cursed. It's gone but not forgotten.


At 1:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is a rivalry, whether the Yankees are hitting the links in Florida or blowing a 3 game lead in the ALCS. This era just happens to be the first time in your Yankee-loving lives that you get to be on that side of it all. Enjoy.

At 2:00 PM , Blogger Jay said...

You're talking like the sides have been reversed. We don't go around chanting Sox Suck at every game, concert, business meeting and family dinner.

At 2:46 PM , Anonymous Pat said...

Give it long enough, and I bet it'll start up.


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