Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Think you're a Red Sox fan? Guess again

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae if she is checking in.

Good afternoon to all you members of Red Sox Nation waking up from your World Series Championship celebration on the streets of downtown Boston. If you were one of the thousands of people celebrating with the Sox and Hazel and the rest of the NESN gang - we're sorry to inform you that you aren't real Red Sox fans.

That's the word we are getting after checking in at a number of Boston based message boards. According to "real" Red Sox fans, 99% of you aren't real fans - you are just suckers that have bought into the Red Sox publicity machine. The message board champs are calling all of you out
- from the hotties who wear pink Red Sox hats;
- to those of you who refer to yourselves as "members of Red Sox Nation";
- to any and all of you who weren't at Fenway Park during the late 80's and early 90's to watch those less than stellar Red Sox teams play.

You're all a bunch of bandwagon jumpers who don't know what it means to be a Red Sox fan. Frankly, we don't get it - who cares? Look, we're down with the Red Sox and what they mean to the city of Boston - we saw the passion when we made our way down to Fenway this past summer. But really, why would anyone be pissing all over someone who is happy to see a team win a championship?

Since when is there a hierarchy of "fandom" attached to any professional sports team? It is actually laughable that these so-called "real Sox fans" don't (or won't) acknowledge the fact that it is indeed the pink hat/t-shirt wearing, "card carrying" member of Red Sox Nation that generates the revenue necessary to make it possible for Red Sox management to put a championship together.

The argument goes that most of these "fans" know jack squat about the team - they just show up at Fenway because they have the bucks and its the in thing to do. Maybe, after all, who are we to argue? But we humbly submit the following - "Who cares if 90% of Red Sox Nation doesn't know everything about the team or each and every player in the minor league system? Why is that a measure of your level of passion for a team? What does it matter? " We wonder if these people have figured out that the guys holding up that trophy today don't care half as much as those who spend their entire day on message boards hating on everything about their team.

Hell, we'll bet $100 to be donated to the Jimmy Fund that most of your Boston Red Sox (current players) wouldn't make the grade if they were questioned by the message board champs on what it means to be a member of the Red Sox.

These geniuses, while professing to be "true fans" hate on everything connected to the Red Sox - from ticket prices at the park, to marketing of the team, to the broadcast crew that covers them, and to the media that covers the home town team - they are just going to sit on their couch and bitch until next year, when once again they get to tell 90% of you that you aren't a Red Sox fan because...

Meanwhile these "tried and true" fans are giving each other internet high-fives over a picture of Jonathan Papelbon celebrating - something we think goes totally against the grain of Boston's baseball tradition. We saw a clip where the Boston Globe's Gordon Edes mentioned, rather uncomfortably by the sounds of it, that you wouldn't see Yaz doing something like this - we agree. But the message board champs see the humour in it as they give the rest of the baseball world their collective middle finger. Way to go are all as much of a donkey as our Donkey of the Day:

He may be a lights out closer, he may be the toast of Boston, and he may have a great future ahead of him - but if he were on any other team, you'd all be ripping him for being a classless moronic hillbilly.

On to the good news - the Los Angeles Dodgers announced that manager Grady Little had resigned, paving the way for former Yankees manager Joe Torre to join Big Blue. Speculation (fear) is running rampant on Dodgers' message boards that ARod will follow Torre to Los Angeles. God help us, we friggin hope not. As much as we HATE to take on anyone who worn the pinstripes - we'll take Torre as he seems like class guy. However, ARod is not welcome - he can go to Chicago, he can go to the Angels, he can go to Boston - just NOT the Dodgers.

Question for Red Sox Nation - fans and "real fans" - if ARod goes to Boston, what then? How can you stomach welcoming public enemy number 1 in Boston to the Red Sox? Just wondering...

Pittsburgh Penguins C Sidney Crosby scored the insurance goal and set up the game winner in the Pens 4-2 win against the Wild in Minnesota; Sid the kid finished the night with a goal and three assists.

Calgary Flames G Mikkaa Kiprusoff stopped 39 shots in a 5-1 win over the Nashville Predators. RW Jarome Iginla help our the cause with two goals and an assist.

We'll be back later (through Tilt) with the Wednesday night Three Play. That's it for this morning gang - thanks for taking the time to check in. Have a great one Peeps.

Hazel, we hope things are groovy in your world and that you enjoy the celebrations yesteday.

We're Out!


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