Tuesday, October 14, 2008

A Call to Red Sox Fans

As a devout Yankees fan, I'll be the first to admit that the likelihood I'll agree on anything baseball related with a Red Sox fan is very slim. I realize, as decreed by the baseball gods, that we are supposed to loathe each other for all eternity and that is all well and fine. I am just as happy to see the Yankees win as I am to revel in a Red Sox loss; however, my own distaste is a bit more personal than most. How so? I have had the great displeasure of visiting Boston in my early 20s by means of a little Ford Escort that also happened to bear NY tags.

And by visiting Boston, I mean experiencing the always cordial denizens of that fluffy little cloud known as Southie.

My dear friend Danielle had chosen Boston as her post-college home and, after a brief stint in an apartment in the North End (brief because her landlord realized how much more he could get for rent), she landed right in the bowels of Boston. So, as any best friend would, we would make time to visit each other in our ghetto apartments in the Bronx and Southie, respectively.

Every time I would pull into her street, I would make the usually short walk to her building while random people who I think were speaking English, hurled insults at me from clandestine windows. And by insults, I mean things that would make a sailor blush.

It was not fun and I was a young girl who had yet to become a full blown cynic. I just couldn't believe anyone took a sport that seriously. Furthermore, if we went to a concert or just walked down a street, we'd constantly hear the omnipresent chant: "Yankees suck". Wasn't there anything else to talk about? People had to have something more to life...

Needless to say, the final straw came when we went to a party made up almost exclusively of hardcore Bostonians and no one would speak to me because I lived in the Bronx.

I'm not kidding.

So, yeah. I haven't been such a fan of Boston since then.

BUT here's the point....after seeing the footage below on Monday morning from Sunday night's game, I think there may be one baseball related thing we can all agree on.

Manny Ramirez needs to go away.

Yes, and he can take A Rod with him.

Now let's all hold hands and promise not to key my car.


Abbie, Paul, Drew and Charlotte's Web said...

It says "this video is no longer available".

Samantha said...

If I had a penny for every story of an obnoxious New Yorker that I've either heard or experienced first hand, as well as for those of abuse heaped on Sox fans by overzealous Yankees supporters...

Maybe we shouldn't generalize an entire city based on one experience, particularly if it took place in South Boston. Boston is a lovely city filled with lovely people, my brother and most of my husband's extended family included. I say this not as a Sox fan, but as a mom who is struggling against her husband's attempts to turn our children against an entire city's worth of people who happen to pledge allegiance to a rival team. :) And I happen to love both cities.

That being said, both Manny and A-Rod need to fade into oblivion.

One Maid A' Milking said...

Yes, stories abound on both sides. I just never expected it so far from any stadium. I was simply a girl from the Bronx visiting her friend in Boston. Baseball was never discussed, I could have been a Mets fan (or no fan at all) for that matter. But simply becuase I was from NY, I was jeered, ignored, and threatened.

It wasn't one experience, it was many.

I also have had tons of bad experiences in New York in other forms, but this is not about condemning cities....just reflecting on a really horrible side of sports that was far from just obnoxious.