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Thursday, October 28, 2004

I suppose one upside of the NHL strike is that it is one less sport for New England fans to be insufferable about.

As far as I can tell, the thing that made the Red Sox appealing has now been lost. I love the idea of somebody's grandfather in Nashua sitting on his porch in a rocking chair, his head wreathed in smoke from his pipe, a white steepled church in the background, patiently waiting for the Sox to win the Series. The mental picture of this Robert Frost lookalike rooting for Carlton Fisk is what invested the team with whatever charm it ever had. The reality-- fans as boorish as any in baseball, second biggest payroll in the game, last AL team to integrate, etc., etc.-- is far less cuddly. The Sox are not lovable losers-- never have been. As a Mets fan, I know what a lovable loser looks like, and it ain't the BoSox, let me tell you.

Enjoy it, Boston fans. You're the Florida Marlins now.

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