Sunday, October 10, 2004

Destiny's Children

What's the over-under on number of times Fox and ESPN will replay the shot of Pedro Martinez grasping Don Zimmer's head like a cantaloupe and flinging him to the grass? There's going to be an unbearable amount of newspaper ink, broadcast time, and bandwidth devoted to how the Red Sox and Yankees have been "destined" to meet since last year's bloodsport sent New York to the World Series and Boston home to fix its problems with Terry Francona. Whatever. Once again I'll be rooting for the Sox to take it all, in the hopes that a Series victory would finally shut up all of the townies who somehow overlook two Super Bowl championships in three years so that they can engage in a massive, woe-are-us, civic self-pity that has been annoying the rest of America for nearly nine decades now.


At October 11, 2004 at 6:36 AM, Blogger Wyatt Earp said...

It's exactly that Beantown attitude that has me root, root, rooting for the Bronx Bombers. Crying about the World Series? Too bad. Maybe next time you won't trade away the greatest player in the history of baseball.

At October 11, 2004 at 8:13 AM, Blogger Mark said...

Jose Canseco?


At October 11, 2004 at 10:04 AM, Blogger Tom G. said...

Can you imagine what would happen if the Sox actually won? What would happen to that city's entire identity?

At October 11, 2004 at 11:12 AM, Blogger gr said...

you're not an appeaser, are you? give the Sox the title so they shut up? ack! i have to come to despise all that is the red sox nation. besides, the time has come to root against schilling, even if he did want to come back here. i still feel turned away.


At October 11, 2004 at 12:09 PM, Blogger Tom Goodman said...

I lived in Cambridge for two years and loved the entire area...up to a point. The "Hub" they affectionately call it. Most outsiders assume they mean "of New England" but Bostonians are really thinking "of the universe." Steinberg's famous New Yorker cover showing a map of Manhattan looking West has nothing on Boston. I never lived in a city so dominated by its institutions: academia, science and medicine. And I never lived in a city whose sports fans were so passionately self-absorbed. The Red Sox may finally triumph but a World Series victory will not stem their collective self-aggrandizement. In the end, Boston would be an even greater place if they could figure out how to remove the Bostonians.

At October 11, 2004 at 12:46 PM, Blogger Tom said...

I love Boston -- love it. But the rampant sports-related martyrdom, in the face of ample evidence suggesting it's unwarranted, is more and more grating. I want the Sox to win just to see what all the Bostonians would say. And then the Cubs next year. (Because we all know the Phillies will screw it up again, right?)

At October 11, 2004 at 4:18 PM, Blogger Tom G. said...


Neville Chamberlain I am not ("Puh-leeze, stick his head in the toilet and he would give you half of Europe!" - George Constanza). I was just contemplating, I mean, it would completely take the wind out of their sails if they won over the Yankees. And there is no way they could win the World Series if they beat the Yankees. As a matter of fact, I wonder if anyone would even watch the World Series in Boston if they beat the Yankees in the LCS.

Also, I agree with the other Toms, Boston is a great town, I have several brothers-in-law living there and visit several times per year.

At October 14, 2004 at 10:45 AM, Blogger gr said...

winning might take the wind out of red sox fan's sails, but they'd just redirect it. i mean, will eagles fans become less obnoxious if we win the super bowl? hell no.

COSTENZA: Magellan? You like Magellan?
SEINFELD: Sure! Sailed around the world. Who do you like?
COSTANZA: I like DeSoto.
SEINFELD: Desoto? What did he do?
COSTANZA: Discovered the Mississippi River.
SEINFELD: Like they wouldn't have found that anyway!


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