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How to enjoy the World Series when you're not a sports fan

Posted by Karyn Polewaczyk  October 24, 2013 03:45 PM

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1381831_10152328310929478_609204638_n.jpgI came. I saw. I'm staying away. (Photo credit: the writer)

This isn’t as much a confession as it is a declaration of the obvious: I’m not much into watching sports.

As in: yes, it’s awesome when a home team makes it to a mega championship like the World Series. (And yes, I was at Fenway the other night (compliments of a friend who works for MLB), and it was kind of magical.) But, no, I’m not going to throw myself into the masses and try to stake a claim at a bar near Fenway to catch the action while some drunk dude slobbers beer down my back. And no, I’m not going to pretend to be something I’m not—a fairweather fan, the worst kind of all—in order to feel like I’m part of the city I’ve called home for the past seven years. (I will, however, follow the schedule as best as I can online, if only to know when to avoid taking the Green Line.)

It has nothing to do with being a woman, being “artsy” or being cynical. There’s just other stuff that interests me—like, the evolving charcuterie board at Belly, an impromptu trip to the Gardner museum, naps—that I’d rather spend my time on. (Go ahead and argue that there are people who watch sports and do stuff like that, too—I’m aware they exist; I’m simply offering a few anecdotes as to why I’m not familiar with last night’s starting lineup.) And if you’re anything like me—unmoved by “Sweet Caroline,” but psyched that the ICA still offers free admission on Thursday nights—then you’ll be pleased to know that now is among the best times (save for student-sparse summers) to explore restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and yes, museums, to your heart’s content. Let the crowds engulf sports bars and stand in line for bottles of Bud Light. You’ll—maybe?—get to avoid Toro’s notorious waitlist. Page an Uber at a peak time and watch as a car magically appears just moments later. Take it to a neighborhood you’ve been meaning to explore, but haven’t had the time to. Bring a book. Have a cocktail. Soak it all in. Even touristy areas, like the Harvard Square and the North End, will feel pleasantly empty.

In other words: enjoy it, introverts. It’s a special time of year—for the Sox fans, and those who aren’t.

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Karyn Polewaczyk lives and writes in Boston, and believes that heading out into that good night, like any adventure, begins with the first step. Let's Go Out is a conversation about dating and nightlife in our notoriously chilly city, with first-hand tips from the trenches. Karyn's writing, which focuses largely on women's lifestyle topics, has appeared in the Weekly Dig, Jezebel, xoJane, Northshore Magazine and More.com, among others. Follow her on Twitter at @KarynPolewaczyk.

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