Re: No crying thread
posted at 8/17/2012 10:46 PM EDT
In Response to Re: No crying thread
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: No crying thread : I am younger than many posters here, and haven't been through as many years of heatbreak as some of you (my first taste of heartbreak was 1986, and I don't even remember much of that). My dad, OTOH, has been through it all, as has his father. But since 2004, he has not found the need to complain about much in regard to the team. MY dad reminds me all the time that these are great times to be a Red Sox fan. Believe me, I get frustrated, and the losses hit me pretty hard. This season has been maddening. I get down on players from time to time. I criticize them from time to time. I'm just not going to dwell on it. I, by no means, think everything is rosy with this team. This organization is highly dysfunctional, IMO. It's just my nature to try to see and focus on the postive.
Posted by RedSoxKimmi[/QUOTE]
'86 was a real killer, no doubt. I've seen most if not all of the things your dad has Sox-wise. He's right. It is a good time to be a Red Sox fan. In fact I believe it's always been a good time to be a Red Sox fan (if that isn't too rah-rah for some of you). I don't know how old you are (I'm guessing 20's) but to give you some perspective, when I was 23, the first World Championship I'd get to see was 25 years in the future, and it had gotten hard to believe I would ever see one. My dad was born in 1917 so technically there was one in his lifetime but he was obviously too young to enjoy it. He died in 1988, a disappointed but loyal fan.
Why am I telling you these things? IDK, maybe to help you and some other young fans in understanding why some of us geezahs don't get too excited about or too disappointed by things day to day or even year to year. We've been there before and it was worse. No big deal.
In '04, when they "broke the curse", especially in the way they did it, (once the shock wore off), I was so happy!!! I was also worried. Happy to see what I thought I never would. Concerned about the things that would change. And they did. Another Championship inside of three years. That was very special. A thing to be savored and enjoyed. It was then that my fears began to be realized. A sense of entitlement crept in. Some Red Sox fans started to act as though they deserve championships. As though championships are their right. They started to sound like old time Yankee fans. And many of them are younger fans That's probably my greatest disappointment over the last ten years. The fact that fans (and not just younger ones, curmudgeons like myself as well) don't seem to appreciate how special those Championships were.
The reality is that we may not get there, or even come close, for a while. Ownership is lost. Many fans here have seen this team slipping since '09 and just now the principal owner is "perplexed"? Not good.
I guess where I'm trying to go with this, in my rambling way, is that if all we're headed for is a few years of mediocrity, it ain't that bad. We can take it. We have been to the top. If it can be done once it can be done again. So take some advice from an old fool...er, ah fan. Have some patience and don't get too high or too low and by all means keep on cheering.
Is that too rah-rah for some of you?