You know things are going well with your team when the hot topic heading into a series against your heated rival is how to most creatively heckle them.
The Yankees hit Boston tonight to kick off a three-game set a whopping 13½ games behind the Red Sox, and with their marquee player the center of a media maelstrom over his on-field and off-field antics.
So instead of focusing on pitching matchups, offensive trends, box scores, and the like, the talk of Boston this morning — at least on the local sports radio station and on Boston.com message boards — has been about A-Rod’s embarrassing week and how to best jeer him at Fenway Park.
Some of the responses we’ve come across on Boston sports radio station WEEI and on our message boards have been pretty creative, including a movement suggesting that fans wear blond wigs (a jab at “Stray-Rod” and his cover girl) or shout “Mine!” (in reference to his disruption of a pop up in Toronto) every time A-Rod steps to the plate.
Some fans have gone so far as to call WEEI offering to donate money (to the Jimmy Fund) if the Red Sox play David Rose’s song “The Stripper” over the Fenway loudspeakers before the game while the Yankees are on the field.
Do you have a suggestion for a chant or another way to stick it to A-Rod at tonight’s game? Post your contribution here.
A-Rod isn’t the only one inspiring creativity in Red Sox Nation. Sox fans are letting their Yankee counterparts have it as well. Among the messages to Yankee rooters from Sox fans in one of our online discussions:
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Interested it hitting the Yankees while they’re down? Add your message to our growing list …
Are Sox fans piling on a bit at this point? Maybe … but hey, who can blame them after last year’s five-game Fenway sweep by the Bombers last summer. Enjoy the payback …