Re: Calling All Sugar Coaters....
posted at 5/11/2012 9:57 AM EDT
Allow me to state, first, that I am not sugar coating anything here. This has been depressing to experience. Last night, absolutely sickening.
But, my own experience of following the Red Sox is a little different from this Loyal vs. Non-Loyal duality that is being argued.
I don't think I can define my commitment to the Red Sox as loyalty per se. I think, by virtue of having followed the Sox as closely as humanly possible since i was old enough to say "baseball", I am simply committed to the story of the Red Sox.
We have all experienced some wonderful highs, many horrible lows, and a lot of in-between ho-hum over the years. To me, it is just very interesting to follow a club closely, to see the connections between generations of players, the arc of success and failure, to know the whole story.
Whether or not the club is playing well has no bearing on my interest in following the story. The current struggles are very interesting to me, especially in light of the lofty perch they have fallen from since the mid naughts. This is a franchise in turmoil. I don't know. Call me crazy, but i find it fascinating. Frustrating as a fan, of course. But fascinating nonetheless. I wonder whether this group of players can somehow right the ship. Or whether they are doomed to fail. Whether Bobby Valentine has anything to offer or whether his hiring was one of the great follies of all-time. In my imagination, I conjure up scenes of a mid-summer resurgence in which the left-for-dead red sox are cooking on all cylendars, the bitter taste of failure spurring their success. i realize that this may not happen. but it doesn't stop me from being interested in this chapter of the sox saga.
If people want to put the book down in disgust because this chapter is so depressing, that is understandable. But, how can we experience the great highs without having some lows. How is the too-unbelievable-for-fiction 2004 chapter possible without generations of falling short, and without the utter heartbreak of 2003?