Re: Gloom and Doom
posted at 3/22/2013 7:20 PM EDT
In response to maxbialystock's comment:
I can't resist dragging this back up because I really liked last night's win and today's loss. Last night Lackey pitched well and I watched in lieu of march madness, and today Aceves also pitched well. Both starts were against bonafide lineups. So a little sunshine amidst the gloom and doom. I still think the lineup stinks, but definitely hope I'm wrong about that.
Meanwhile, Peter Abraham and others have pointed out that my gloom and doom is reflected in ticket sales (or lack thereof) by the Sox faithful and declining viewership on NESN.
The Sox have had 10-20 years of a renaissance---playing competitive ball just about every year--but I go back to 1949 and following when that didn't happen very often. I had an uncle who was a Sox fan for over 70 years but did not live to see the 2004 WS title, so I come by pessimism honestly.
I was in the 8 years old when the Red Sox lost AL East title by a half game to the Tigers in 1972 when Luis Aparcio fell rounding third. So I was initiated a young age of heartbreak and lived through all the disappointments -- Game 7 of 1975, the holdouts of 1976, Fergie Jenkins flopping in Boston, '77, '78, the Fisk contract fiasco, the Lynn trade, Haywood Sullivan's ineptitude, Game 6 of '86, the '88 and '90, the boring teams of the early '90s etc.
So pessimism over the Sox is in my DNA. But unlike some fans -- and I'm not saying you're one of them -- who seem to only be happy when they're miserable, I refuse to be dragged down and carry a pessmistic attitude 24/7.
So in the spring, especially, I always remain optimistic. Early in the season -- barring a truly wretch start -- I always try to stay positive. I'm never blind to the pitfalls that could happen, but I'd rather keep a happy positive attitude as long as possible. It's just a nicer way to go through life.
I do get pssed when the lose and when players underachieve. But I don't let that rule my life and attitude. In the end, it's just sports.