My wife and I spent a few days in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Located approximately 40 miles south of Boston, we are talking the heart of Red Sox territory. As a lifelong Yankee fan, I tried my best to keep a low profile. Especially on weekends like this where the Yankees are in town and working on a sweep of the dreaded “Sawx.”
This trip was special from a baseball perspective because the Red Sox and their fans were celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Fenway Park. There are few ballparks like Fenway. Wrigley Field in Chicago comes to mind. The “House that Ruth Built,” well, that no longer exists as a complete stadium. Fenway is truly hallowed baseball ground. I didn’t make it up to Fenway, but the television coverage was practically non-stop. All around it seemed, and maybe this is my Yankee fan paranoia, everywhere I turned Red Sox jerseys, hats, sweatshirts, and bobble-heads were seen.
Yankee fans have much to say about the Boston supporters. Those belonging to the Red Sox Nation have much to say about those who prefer the Pinstripes. Regardless of which team you support, all can agree on one thing: passion. The similarities between Yankees and Red Sox fans is rather striking when it comes to supporting our respective ball clubs. So similar in fact, I would suspect no self-respecting Yankee or Red Sox fan would openly admit to how much we all have in common. I’m only discussing it here because I have a blog to write.
Right now, going into Sunday the Red Sox are 4-10. Worst in the East. Apparently Mother Nature is a Red Sox fan, or she simply has pity for the Boston faithful because Sunday’s game is postponed due to rain. Yet, fans still don the apparel. T-shirts with prints of urinal’s using Yankee logos as aiming guides line souvenir store racks. My personal favorite, “Real women don’t date Yankee fans.” To which my wife quips, “nope, we marry them.” Thanks honey. I digress.
Thos of us who are Yankee faithful have our own t-shirts and sayings. “I root for two teams, the Yankees and anyone that beats the Red Sox,” is one example. The Yankees could be in the midst of a horrible season, but things are OK as long as we beat the BoSox. Rivalries are special. There is a shared history. The games played are that more important. As a Yankee fan visiting Red Sox territory, I became acutely more aware of the passion we all exhibit. The pride is truly in the blood. Regardless of where our loyalties lie, the love of the game and our teams is front and center always.
The current state of affairs in Boston is entertaining or infuriating, depending on perspective in life. Either way, the Yankees and Red Sox never disappoint. Passions run high, but that is what baseball is all about.