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Are we the Yankees?

A friend of mine yesterday expressed a worry that I think many of us have been contemplating: are the Sox, or even Boston sports as a whole, becoming Yankees-level evil?

We've won 2 recent world series, every major available player seems destined to enter a 2-team bidding war, we have a combination of youth and high-priced bought talent that could keep us at or near the top of the division for years, going to a Sox game is no longer affordable for most families of four (somehow seems relevant to this)...

Still, the answer is no.

Aside from the obvious general moral superiority of Sox fandom to Yankees purgatory, the Sox are not just buying their way to the top. They have amassed a great deal of talent by good scouting (college, high school, preschool (don't ask) and international) and through patience. Some recent years, the Sox have had a good team but not good enough to win. In those years, the front office didn't sell the talent for Larry Anderson.

Also, we do not have any Steinbrenner, let alone a fading patriarch and his hatched brood. There isn't a player or a front office character that everyone hates. Some people don't like Papi's theatrics, but, unlike say Paul O'Neil those people still generally seem to want to hang out with him.

I think there are a lot of different arguments that could be made on this topic - and I welcome any thoughts - but one that just came to me which argues that we are on the path to pinstripes is this: more and more fans from the rest of the league seem to dislike the Sox and their fans, they resent the kids returning from college to their hometown with a Sox hat, etc. Yet, I'm concerned that Sox fans are now starting to dismiss these fights with the patronizing old Yanks-fan standby of "they're jealous". Didn't that used to piss you off? Let's all just be defensive and protective of our Sox, not patronizing. Patronizing sucks.

For this logic and wisdom, you don't have to pay anything. You. Are. Welcome.

P.S. I promised the same friend I'd post a link to this commentary about Boston sports from NPR by Frank DeFord, enjoy.


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