Re: Why do you love the Red Sox?
posted at 4/14/2011 1:08 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Why do you love the Red Sox?
[QUOTE]I know that there are fans out there who love non-hometown or regional teams. Not sure why. I have to believe in my heart of hearts that this is where the fandom for most of us come from for the most part. Boston Red Sox . I mean, if you were born and raised in Boston or even in the N.E. area and are a fan of baseball, how could you not cheer for this team? Not sure how CT. fans choose being right in the middle. Obviously baseball fans from areas where there is no professional team anywhere near them may choose an allegience in their youth because of a certain player. Or you also may become a fan because a family member was an ardent fan or because a pro team has a minor league team in the area. Which is why those like Frank from Gloucester confuse me. How can you be a Yankee fan and Celtics fan? It just doesn't make sense, at least in my feeble mind.
Posted by jesseyeric[/QUOTE]
Thank you so much for shining a light on this nonsense. It's called "bandwagon jumping". Shocking, he likes the two winningest teams in their respective sports...I bet he likes the Canadiens as well. Born and raised in Cambridge, moved to CT in 05, the number of Yankee/Pats fans is sickening. How can you cheer those two teams on when the Pats started a "Yankees s u c k!" chant at their original championship celebration? It's extremely disigenuous.
I'm always proud to wear my Pats or Sox hat. I wore the Pats hat after losing to the Giants in 07, I wear it without pause regardless of getting bounced by the lowly Jets. I wore my Sox hat all offseason, listening to obnoxious Yankee fans all over Hartford mock me...and then go oddly silent after Gonzalez and Crawford came aboard. A day after the steelers LOST this past SB, I say a fan wearing his hat and sweatshirt at a store...I was compelled to stop him, and thank him for being a true fan even though I do not like anything about the current Steelers.
I can not tell you how sudden the explosion of Giants apparel after 07, or Jets apparel lately has been. I don't mean to paint with a broad brush, but NYers seem to be extremely fair weather. Sox fans are here through the good and bad. Yankee fans increase tenforld during the bad...and you pretty much stand alone during the Sox good.
It's easy to like a team when things are going well, you find out who the real fans are when someone can proudly wear his Sox hat and take the hits when they are 2-9.
I was born into this. My father, his aunts...it goes back the the 20s in my family. I know no other way, nor would I want one.