Monday, October 13, 2003
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Why the Red Sox should win it all this year
In my last Red Sox post I confidently predicted a World Series victory this year for Boston's team -- and got an earful from myriad Sox fans convinced I was jinxing them. So, I had silently vowed to stay mum on the subject until the Red Sox actually won.
Well, I'm sticking to that vow -- but I must link and quote others who comment on this topic. First, there's Seth Stevenson's hysterically funny Slate essay explaining why the Red Sox deserve to win the World Series more than the Cubs. It starts as follows:
Yeah, that's about right (though, to be fair, Williamson was pitching his third straight day on the game in question).
What's really funny, though, is Stevenson's last few grafs:
Living in Chicago, there's no way I can entirely endorse Stevenson's amusingly blinkered logic, but to quote Chris Rock, "I understand."
In contrast to either the Cubs or the Red Sox, consider what Jay Drezner has to say about being a Yankees fan:
Yeah, life really sucks for my brother the Yankee fan.... grumble, grumble.
[C'mon, you're not going to comment on the Game 3 incidents?--ed. No, but I will link to David Pinto and say that even as a Red Sox fan, I agree with most of this statement:
Rob Neyer offers a counter to Pinto, but this issue is almost besides the point. The key to this year's Red Sox team has been their ability to overcome the distractions created by Pedro and Manny while exploiting their prodigious talents. As this Providence Journal story indicates, the team realizes this:
posted by Dan on 10.13.03 at 05:32 PM
I'm sorry, after game 3, I have decided to "root" for the Yankees. My only wish, that both teams lose in the ALCS can't be fulfilled so I might as well hope that the Bambino's curse afflicts those uncivilized Red Sox...Especially Pedro Martinez.posted by: Bill S. on 10.13.03 at 05:32 PM [permalink]
As a die-hard yankees fan, I have a difficult time deciding: is a yankees victory over the Sox followed by victory over the cubs, ensuring another century of well-earned hatred, to be preferred?
Or is a red sox victory over the Yankees, followed by a Cubs victory over the Sox, to be preferred, ensuring a still higher level of futility in Red Sox history?
Part of the enjoyment of being a Yankees fan, of course, is the exquisite Schadenfreude of watching Red Sox fans suffer humiliation. It's a tough call as to whether a Yankees loss this year (painful, but hardly irredemable) is an acceptible cost for seeing a still higher level of Red Sox futility...posted by: p mac on 10.13.03 at 05:32 PM [permalink]
Notice the "die-hard" Yankee fan can't spell. It's true, then, that the illiterate, the felonious and the stupid have always been the fan base for the Yankees.
You know, the melee during the Yanks/Sox game 3 was tragic because our (RED SOX) team this year is really a bunch of great guys who have bonded under Brady Little and gave just outstanding, record-busting offense performances.posted by: Mary on 10.13.03 at 05:32 PM [permalink]
My only regret is that Don Zimmer is still alive. How high did he have to be to think he was going to spear Pedro? I mean, really! He may have had a weight advantage, as well as the advantage of numerous Preperation H commercials, but Pedro barely had to move to send Zimmer to the ground, cut his face, and sprain his hip. Imagine what would have happened it Pedro had actually fought back.
And its not the Red Sox.
The A's and the Cardinals each have nine WS titles.
The Red Sox, Reds, Dodgers and Giants are all tied for next with five apiece.
posted by: IB Bill on 10.13.03 at 05:32 PM [permalink]
Only one thing is for sure, out of NY, Chi-town, and Bean-town, at least 2 out 3 of these cities will end up hating the other for ever (or at least moreso in the Boston-NY case). Dont underestimate the depression that will grip Chicago if the Cubs make it to the big show and choke as we secretly fear they will. Our experience with futility has been of a slightly different flavor than Boston's. The cubs have been breathtakingly bad for the better part of the last century, with only the occassional flare of hope that is inevitably dashed closer and closer to the brass ring. I honestly dont know how Cub fans would react to a loss. I wouldn't rule out razing the city to its foundations (again) and mass ritual suicide. Granted burning Boston or NY to the ground would be a more rational act, but hey, we're going to be drunk, and Chicago is closer.posted by: Mark Buehner on 10.13.03 at 05:32 PM [permalink]
Thanks for the link! Seems from the comments that Cubs fans seem to think the NLCS is in the bag. Always a dangerous assumption.posted by: David PInto on 10.13.03 at 05:32 PM [permalink]
How interesting. Here in Georgia the regular season is what we pay attention to. The playoffs are just a kind of exhibition. For the same reason football games played in 100 degree heat don't mean anything, baseball games played in 35 degree sleet before thousands of nasty, sentimental drunks who haven't bathed in weeks don't mean anything.
Pressed to choose, I think I'll root for the one team left that still plays its home games in baseball weather, the Florida Marlins.posted by: Zathras on 10.13.03 at 05:32 PM [permalink]
Of course, Zathras, "here in Georgia" will only have a regular-season to pay attention to: if Z. is a fan of the Braves, the post-season IS just "an exhibition" - and the Braves exhibit terminal choking almost every year. What, 12 division titles in a row and just one Series to show for it?
Good lord.posted by: Mark Buehner on 10.13.03 at 05:32 PM [permalink]
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