By Joe Barron
Sometimes we as Red Sox Fans (yes, I know I capitalized it) forget how spoiled we are. In the last 10 years, Massholes have been lucky enough to experience three magical World Series runs. 2004, 2007, and 2013 were all incredible underdog scripts with David Ortiz retaining his lead role. This past season especially had a resonating and healing impact on the entire psyche of this great city. I was at Fenway on that fateful Marathon Monday with my older brother and it hurt in ways that words cannot even begin to explain. I had close and personal friends involved and I don't think they will ever quite be the same. But- there's a special resilience about this city and team over the years I think the casual fan often forgets.
This team has no identity yet. They have shown signs of brilliance (7 game winning streak) and signs of utter failure and disbelief (As of 9:36pm on 6/8/14, 5 game losing streak and 9.5 games out of the AL East). However, don't let the L column dissuade you from going to Fenway. There's a lot of exciting young guys who are playing for the love of the game and are going to blossom for years to come. JBJ is making leaps of faith and taking blasts to the face. Brock Holt is learning every single position in the field just to stay in the lineup. I wouldn't be surprised if ole Timmy Wakefield is teaching him the Knuckleball. Xander Bogaerts is swinging the bat like a seasoned veteran at 21. The glove will come. These guys are gonna be around for a long time and it's going to be fun to watch them grow up.
Appreciate watching Papi take those Cinderella swings because you never know how much he really has left in the tank. Be glad we have Remy and Orsillo and not Buck and McCarver. Pay the now affordable cover to go to Boston's biggest bar and skip out on the lines at Howlin' at the Moon. Take that girl you're diggin' on and see if she passes the real test. Baseball games are perfect for honest, personal conversations and there is nothing more attractive than a cute girl with a beat up Sox hat (pink hats need not apply). TJ Connelly is always spinning great music over the PA and keeps it fresh. I'll take the Clash and Tom Petty over loud club music any day of the week.
Real Sox fans are incredibly passionate and knowledgeable, especially the Boston Baseball hawkers outside the park (I may be a bit bias...). It's still an incredibly positive atmosphere. Bring the kids and teach them to love and appreciate the game without breaking the bank. Get them hooked early and it will pay back in dividends. Positivity motivates people and doesn't cost as thing. Let's keep cheering for the guys who got us out of the dumps when we really needed it the most. They need us right now.
If you still have your doubts, just be glad we aren't Rays fans.
(photo credit: @ChrisStrub #TeamStrub)
EDIT: 6/9/14 12:01am He did it again. It ain't over til the Big Papi swings.