Tough luck for Connecticut Red Sox fans

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  May 21, 2011 02:20 PM

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The state of Connecticut has always been the ultimate middle ground for the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry. Theories abound as to how the state's allegiances are split, the most popular being that the Connecticut River is some kind of dividing line for Red Sox and Yankees fans. (Trust me, it's not.)

It leaves the state's media in the most difficult of positions. Give the biggest headline to the Yankees and you're accused of being Yankees fans. Feature the Red Sox, and you're a card-carrying member of the Nation.

(The Mets, it should be noted, are a distant third in the state's baseball interests. A survey by Quinnipiac University proves it every year.)

Today, Connecticut's Fox television affiliate is feeling some heat for deciding to show the Yankees-Mets Subway Series tonight instead of the Red Sox-Cubs throwback night. That naturally has Red Sox fans up in arms, as duly noted by the New Haven Register.

Here's a fun experiment. Copy the Register's story into Word, and search and replace Yankees with Red Sox and Mets with Cubs.

That's pretty much the story the Register would have written if Fox's decision went the other way.

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