LADY AT THE BAT: The 19 Day War: 2007 Edition

Friday, April 20, 2007

The 19 Day War: 2007 Edition

Yankees vs Red Sox is once again being thrust upon us. Tonight the Yankees play the Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Andy Pettitte pitching against Curt Schilling. Every person involved in these match ups feels the pressure of these battles, from Terry Francona and Joe Torre and the players, all the way down to the fans. There is hatred all around. Yankee Fans hate Red Sox Fans and vice versa, Red Sox players hate Yankee players and vice versa... Oh no, wait a minute! The players don't hate each other! This is the 21st Century! The players are too busy being businessmen to hate each other!

I'm old enough to remember the Yankee-Red Sox battles of the '70s and '80s, when the players truly did hate each other. I can still see that knock-down drag out fight between Thurman Munson and Carlton Fisk. There were several bench-clearing incidents between the two teams during that time, and the players made no effort to hide the fact that they didn't like each other. We fans just ate it up. It was the best! We felt a sense of camaraderie with the players. It was as if they were out there fighting our personal battles. It was as if the fans and the players were truly united for the "greater good."

Now we hear that players on both teams have the same agents, they hug each other during batting practice, they socialize in the off-season, they respect each other, yadda, yadda, yadda. Today's multi-millionaire players scoff at the notion that they should hate another team. I almost become insulted when I hear a player dismiss hatred in an interview. They might as well say, "Oh, that's for poor, penniless fans who have no life." Give me a break!

Anyway, while the Yankee and Red Sox players are having their love-fest this weekend, we fans will be hatin' on each other and lovin' it.
The Lady


Anonymous said...

It's not like the old days, but the fans of each still hate each other just as much as they did in the 70's. As long I don't actually see anyone hugging before the game, i'll be just as pumped about the series as I always am.

Edgar Martinez said...

When you're making millions of dollars, it's hard to hate anything, let alone something as trivial as baseball.

The loss of intensity is one of the byproducts of free-agency. How can you be loyal to a team when most players move from teams every few years. A player staying on the same team his entire career is now the exception, not the rule.

I like the improvements to the site too.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for stopping by, guys (and for the compliments, EM). As far as I know, the only player that actually hugged someone before a game is Manny Ramirez. I heard something about him hugging Yankees during batting practice at Fenway about a year or two ago.