I've been reluctant to post for the past week or so, in part out of being busy, but mostly because just about the only thing on my mind has been the Red Sox, and I think I make a lousy sports blogger except maybe when I'm talking about punching geriatric Nat's fans.
Anyway, I feel like the pain I felt from watching the Sox lose on Friday night has been entirely erased by the Yankees' loss to the Angels. As a Sox fan, we don't expect to win it all, and frankly the only real disappointment in the Sox losing to the White Sox was that it ended the celebration of 2004 (not in my heart or mind though). But Yankees fans have an air of entitlement that I'm not sure exists elsewhere in American sports.
Here's a question -- is there a Sox fan who would really want to trade places with a Yanks fan? Most of us who are old enough to remember the joy of watching the Celtics dominate the NBA know it's a different pleasure than the wild adventure and the ultimate result of the 86 year-old quest.
I wanted to leave you with a post I made on an Internet forum about Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu of all things with a Yankees fan that I have met in person. Like many other Yankee stadium miscreants, and far too many other men in the NY area, he's under the impression he's an extra from Goodfellas or the Sopranos.
Someone on that board made a post about wondering if the guy in question was going to commit suicide with the latest Yanks playoff loss, and I responded that it was hard to feel sympathy for a team with their winning history and owner who buys all the best players.
This dude flipped out (and unfortunately the thread appears to have been deleted) and told me that I was repeating a tired line used by people who "don't know shit" about baseball, since the Yanks had been successful with homegrown prospects in the 90s. Ironically, after questioning my intelligence (that I never professed to have -- I'm no boski93) on the matter, he went on to whine about how he owns a ticket agency, and probably lost $30,000 that he expected to make based on the (typical Yanks fan mentality) idea of them going to the series. He then blamed the Yanks recent string of post season misfortune to Steinbrenner bringing in players who don't contribute to the team chemistry.
I cheerfully reminded him that Yanks fans get all excited when Steinbrenner whips out his wallet and signs Contreras, A-Rod, and Randy Johnson, and only whine about chemistry when the latest mercenary doesn't deliver the expected World Series Crown.
So that's all for today....stay tuned for a (hopefully) witty post about the lyrics and singing in Cinderella's "Nobody's Fool" being unlikely to convey the desired effect.