Whatever happened to faith?

    Three years ago Red Sox fans were easily recognizable.   No matter what the standings were, you could always tell if someone was a Sox fan just be glancing at their shirt, hat, backback, etc.  Even in the middle of September with the Red Sox 10 games out; the Martinez’s and Gaciappara’s would still scatter the streets around New England.  Today, it is difficult to tell a Red Sox fan from a Kansas City Royals fan. Even around mlblogs.com, the #1 site for diehard Red Sox fans to share their thoughts and oppinions, comments and postings have dropped well below average since the "Boston Massacre."  Half of the comments on Ian Brown’s blog are by Yankee fans.
    If anybody cares to glance at my last "inning by inning" blog, just scroll down a small bit.  Notice how the Red Sox fall down by five runs in the fifth, the Yankees go ahead by 5 or so as well?  When, exactly, does the post end?  The post ends when the game ends.  The post ends after nine agonizing innings, and I watch every pitch of every one.   How many others did that?
    Today was the first day of school.  I walk into the building that I have dreaded and despised for the last three years for the first time all summer: wearing by Boston Red Sox jacket.  Out of the 50 or so kids in the atrium, at least 20 of them being Red Sox fans, I am one of only two wearing even Red Sox colors.  Out of the 10 people I talked about the Sox with today, every single one of them said they had stopped watching since the Yankee series.
    Remember that movie "still we believe," that was released in the beginning of 2004?  That movie documented the faith we Red Sox fans are capable of.  It chronicled the lives of half-a-dozen fans who followed the Sox religiouly.  Some of them were pessimists, some were optimists, but every single one of them watched every single game that year.  And they had probably watched almost every game for the past decade.  They had had their hearts broken more times in 5 years than most baseball fans had in 20.  And, finally, their faith was rewarded.  The Red Sox beat all odds to win the World Series for the first time in 86 years.  And suddenly those fans, who were renowned for their celebrated "believingness," ceased to believe.  And not just believe, but to care.  At 1:00 in the morning I will probably be finishing up my "inning by inning" blog for tonight.  Red Sox Nation, where are you going to be?

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2 comments

  1. kapsis21@yahoo.com

    I believed in them when they were down 0-3 in 2004 and i still wanted to believe that they will still prevail this year…
    But i really feel the pitching staff has let us down… in crucial games. Hope they find some stability next year.

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