A few days ago Tony Massarotti wrote an article in the Boston Globe giving a few reasons why Red Sox fans should root for the Yankees to win the World Series. His argument is basically that Sox fans and players have lost their passion and desire and seeing those damn Yankees parading through New York City for the 27th time would re-ignite Red Sox Nation.
Honestly, I don't think that really matters to much. The real reason Red Sox fans have calmed down a bit is because we've won two world series in the past five years. Personally, anytime one of my sports teams wins a championship, I give them a five year pass. I feel a lot of other Bostonians and sports fans in general have a similar sentiment. If you're regularly winning championships, you get a pass for the non-championship years. The first World Series in '04 was critical, and honestly I don't believe the fan base will ever return to the sheer insane devotion we had back then. In 2004, we had to win the World Series. In 2007, it was a nice bonus but by no means critical. One gem from Massarotti's article was:
We all could use a dose of reality and humility here.
I agree 100%, but reality is not to jump back into the frenzy of past years, rather it's where we're at now. Baseball is just a game and having a city that doesn't literally live and die by the swing of the bat is a good thing for all residents. Sure, it'd be awesome if the Red Sox won every World Series every year, but if they have a bad year (which they didn't really), to me it's OK.
So has Red Sox nation lost some of that insane desire and dedication we once possessed?
And you know what, that's a good thing. Not sure if you noticed but Bostonians and Red Sox Nation would literally get driven into a near insane level of dedication and passion before we got that curse monkey off our backs.
Having said all that, I am still rooting for the Philadelphia Phillies and you should too. A clear and constant mantra of any Red Sox fans is that we have two favorite teams, the Red Sox and whoever is playing the Yankees. Once we start rooting for the most evil empire, we really lose a piece of what makes a Red Sox fan a Red Sox fan. Still, if the Yankees win the World Series, it won't be the end of the world as we know it and honestly won't be such a stomach turning event, as it was in years past, and here's three reasons why.
- Two World Series this Decade
- The New York Giants are falling apart
- The Boston Celtics vs New York Knicks
The Sox have won two World Series this decade. Personally, I was still riding high of the '04 World Series when they went ahead and did it again in '07, so honestly I don't care what the Yankees do.
At worst, if that team from New York wins, we tie for most World Series this decade.
Seriously, football is the game of real bragging rights and right now the New York Giants are literally falling apart while the Patriots are trending higher and higher. A Patriots Super Bowl would literally make me simply not care about a Yankees World Series. Besides, the Patriots launched the past decade of championships in Boston, so it makes sense for the Giants to launch the Yankees. Baseball is secondary, football is primary.
New Yorkers sure do love their basketball. Too bad for them the Celtics are the best team in the NBA right now while the Knicks...well I don't think I could name a Knick player off the top of my head so yeah, we'll leave it at that.
Number 27 for the Yankees simply just won't be as bad as number 26. Boston sports have made a comeback over the past decade and we don't have to rise and fall with the tides of the Red Sox anymore. Personally, I'm much more excited about the football and basketball seasons already than I ever was about this year's baseball season.
Having said all of that...
let's go Phillies ::clap clap clapclapclap:: let's go Phillies ::clap clap clapclapclap:: let's go Phillies ::clap clap clapclapclap::