Re: Pink Hat vs. Pollyanna
posted at 6/16/2013 3:34 PM EDT
In response to jasko2248's comment:
In response to pumpsie-green's comment:
In response to Hfxsoxnut's comment:
IMO the term 'Pink Hat' has come to be tossed around too loosely and in fact is misunderstood and misused by some of the posters here. It's a pet peeve of mine, I guess.
I'm willing to be corrected on this, but my understanding of the term 'Pink Hat' is that it refers to the bandwagon fans who jumped on board with the Red Sox in 2004, or after 2004, when it became cool to be a Sox fan. I think it especially refers to fans who knew little about baseball or the history of the Sox, and who wanted to be in Fenway because it was a happening place. The type who would be grinning and singing 'Sweet Caroline' even if the Sox were losing by 5 runs. And of course the type who would think a pink Red Sox hat looked good on them, or their girlfriend.
Presumably, most or all of these 'Pink Hats' have deserted the team by now.
A 'Pollyanna' fan is something completely different. A Pollyanna is a fan who tries to look on the bright side of things most of the time. They don't wear a pink hat but they might be accused of wearing rose-colored glasses.
As opposed to a Pink Hat, though, a Pollyanna can be a long-term, loyal Red Sox fan who knows all the history and has suffered, but is just positive by nature.
I'm much more of a Pollyanna since the Sox won the Series twice. I've been with the team since 1969, and until 2004 my dream was to see them win it once, and it was starting to look like it might not happen in my lifetime. So that changed my whole perspective.
I don't mind being called a Pollyanna, but to me it's a huge insult, and dead wrong, to call me a Pink Hat.
Here is how the Merriam Webser dictionary defines "Pollyanna":
: a person characterized by irrepressible optimism and a tendency to find good in everything
While there is nothing wrong with this approach as it relates to a sports team there is also room for realism as well. For example, a true Pollyanna might somehow believe that things worked out just fine with the Hanrahan acquisition (remember: true Pollyanna tends to find good in EVERYTHING), a realist would say it was a horrible signing. If being a Pollyanna works for you, go for it.
I don't agree with every move the Front Office makes, but I also try to understand why they make a certain move. I "understand" why they traded for Hanrahan, as you can never have enough bullpen depth, there were question marks surrounding Bailey and they didn't give up anyone that figured into future plans. He got injured, it backfired, so it ends up being a trade that didn't work out, but I understand why they did it. To call it a "horrible" trade is a not seeing the big picture at all...
This is why we seem agree on just about everything jasko. I try and understand why the deal/move was made at the time. If it doesnt turn out good it doesnt always mean it was a bad move. Thats just baseball. I dont agree with everything they do, but Im considered a "pollyanna" by some because I try to see the big picture and understand the reason why they did what they did. It may appear that I agree with the move, when sometimes its just that I understand it.
Like the Drew signing. Iggy showed nothing remotely close to deserving the starting SS job in 2013. Baseball isnt just about defense. I also understood overpaying for a 1yr deal to get Drew. Iggy has started to earn more playing time and deserves it now. I dont think any player should just get handed something when they havent proved anything yet. I have wondered if WMB had some competition this year that he might not be where hes at right now.
I understood the Hanny deal too, although I didnt like it. We didnt lose prospects that we had in future plans and freed up valuable 40-man roster spots at the same time.
I dont always agree with every move, but still try to take a balanced approach. Not overreact and make impulse remarks. I think I have more patience than some here and realize that baseball is one of the toughest sports to have great success in consistently. I understand the game very well and have had discussions with many players, coaches/managers and GM's to have a good idea of how they go about things. I also try and be as realistic as possible. If thats a pollyanna, then so be it.