Random Notes

I visit a blog where the author refers to herself some days as either "Thunder" or "Snow".  If she is "Snow", she doesn’t mind people commenting with nastiness, she just lets it go, if she is "Thunder", she either gets nasty toward them or, more often, she deletes the comments because she doesn’t want to deal with it.

So, Yankees and Red Sox fans, be warned.  I’m thunder today.  Write something nasty or just geared toward rubbing in the debacle that was yesterday’s double-header and I’m not responding, I’m deleting.  Just so you all know.  I don’t need any more negative energy than I’m generating myself so it will be gone.

Except that I’ll be out this afternoon, and there is a very good chance I’ll be removing the comment section while I’m out.

Why, you ask?  Not so much because the Red Sox ripped my heart out last night…it’s already healing.  There are three more games and the Sox can always come back for some wins.  It stunk to watch, but today’s a brand-new day.

No, I’m thunder because at the two games I went to yesterday, but especially the second one, I encountered some of the most obnoxious, nasty human beings I’ve ever met at a ball game…and 90% of them were Yankees fans.  Congratulations, folks, you represented your fan base well in Boston yesterday.  When I have more time, I’ll post some pictures from the day, including one of the Yankees fan who wouldn’t sit down, kept yelling at us and then finally passed out in his seat.  Good times.

There were Red Sox fans who disappointed as well.  Like the lot of you who booed Mike Timlin off the mound last night.  I hope you feel good about yourselves.  Takes a big person to kick someone when they are down, congratulations idiots.  Good work.  With support like that from the people fortunate enough to get tickets to ANY games at Fenway, you fans don’t DESERVE to see your team win.  It was amazing that I was embarrassed yesterday, not to be a Red Sox fan, but a baseball fan in general.  Both fan bases (save for the group of Red Sox fans, who stayed until the game ended at roughly 12:53am)

Speaking of when the game ended…the Sox put an announcement up at midnight that the last train was leaving Kenmore at 12:35, and that’s when a lot of people left.  Can’t blame them…bad job by the "T" for not having a back up plan.  There were thousands of us who DID stay, wandering around looking for cabs.  Luckily, I used a cab slip from the office, called a cab and was home by 1:30am, most others weren’t as lucky.

Now that I’ve ranted, on to the randomness:

  • At the first game there was a couple who were Yankees fans…they had Yankees jerseys on both with the number 00 and his had the name "Costanza" on the back while hers read "Elaine".  A couple of things here.  1) I’m pretty sure that is the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen a fan do with a jersey, 2) If you were doing it correctly, "Elaine’s" jersey would have read "Benes", 3) If you actually watched "Seinfeld" enough to want to pay money to get jersey’s made up like that, you’d know that Elaine was an Oriole’s fan, NOT a Yankees fan, which brings me to "4" and a new item:
  • Why was it that every Yankees jersey I saw in the stands yesterday had a players NAME on the back?  Even the most casual baseball fan knows that neither the real home nor real away jerseys have names on the back.  If I’m a Yankees fan, I’m not paying all that money for a jersey that is, basically, wrong.
  • At one point in the second game, Ortiz was on second base and kept running to third on foul balls.  Every time he made it to ARod he did a little dance around him on his way back to second.  He also was one of the only players to talk to ARod before either game (Johnny too).  Even though I hate the Yankees, it was nice to see that Papi knows that business is business but this isn’t a war or anything. 
  • Even when they’re winning, ARod doesn’t look like he’s having fun out there.  Guess it’s a good thing he makes all that money.
  • Had a Yankees fan near me in line who didn’t know who Craig Wilson was.  Her friend had on a Red Sox, Johnny Damon t-shirt and I asked her if she still liked him.  She told me she became a Yankees fan because he was on the team…and she told me that her friend, who didn’t know who Craig Wilson was, told her the guys on the Yankees were cuter than the guys on the Red Sox, so she became a Yankees fan.  God help me.
  • Noticed that most of the women Red Sox fans yesterday seemed to take the games pretty seriously.  Lots of yelling (positive AND negative) and the women in our section were all really intense.  MOST times I’m very proud to be a female Red Sox fan…last night was definitely one of those nights.
  • Our pitching is horrible right now.  Absolutely horrible.  Doesn’t mean I think the idiot fans should be booing.  Just the opposite.  But you can’t tell an idiot anything, so this won’t stop.  Maybe telling them they’re acting like Yankees fans would do the trick?  I mean REALLY. 
  • Eric Hinske had a nice welcome to Fenway.  Hope he keeps it up.
  • Mark Loretta was, apparently, almost traded…regardless of how bad our pitching is right now, I’m very glad he wasn’t.

I’m at a party all afternoon.  The ironic part about it is that it’s with the same group of people I was with the day of Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS.  THAT day, I spent the entire day listening to how pathetic the Red Sox were and how I should just stop watching them from everyone except one cousin.  This cousin kept saying that they could come back.  3-0 wasn’t that big a deal and was totally doable.  Well, this is a different team, and the stakes really aren’t as high right now as they were then, but I’m hoping for the team to come back…and I think they can.

But, like I said, I’m thunder right now and even though I’m not giving up on my team, I’m really not in the mood for any garbage from fans rubbing it in.

Have a good day, folks!

(Edited to add something I just wrote to some friends:  I already have it in my head that I’m just going to enjoy the rest of the season for what it is, and not worry about whether or  not they make the playoffs.  It’s pretty much the only way I won’t get sick over this team.  Up until 2003, this is how I always approached the Red Sox…I have to get back to that mindset.  This way, if they DO get into the playoffs, it’s great and if they DON’T they’ve still given me a lot of joy this season and I’ll enjoy every game that is left!)

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