On watching the ALCS

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I’m a firm believer that any fan who blogs, or even posts on
a message board, should do so to express his or her own thoughts.  And as a result, I’m sometimes hesitant to
comment even on the thoughts of people I know personally when I think they’re
out and out wrong.  I find that October,
in addition to bringing pumpkins, bats (the flying kind) and the scent of
burning leaves in the air, seems to find me spending a lot of time biting my
tongue.

 

Allow me, then, to use my own blog for the purpose for which
it was intended.

 

I really respect the Rays. 
And I’m sick of Boston
fans bashing them.

 

First of all, I’m tired of Boston fans complaining about Rays fans.  You know what?  The vast majority of Red Sox fans I know were
born into it.  They’ve been following the
Sox for as long as they can remember; they had family members and friends to
nurture that commitment all along.  Even
latecomers to Red Sox Nation had history to draw on, so much to know and
appreciate about the team before pledging undying devotion.  Rays fans have never had that.  They’re a relatively new franchise, and they
started under the cloud of an owner whom Jerry Remy just called, if I heard
correctly, “a despicable human being.”  You
want to call Rays fans “bandwagon” fans, Red Sox Nation?  You’re looking at a fan base pulling
themselves up by their bootstraps when you started off two thirds of the way up
the ladder.

 

And I don’t see how Sox fans, beneficiaries of two rings in
the preceding four seasons, can be so surprised that the rest of public
sentiment falls to the underdog Rays.  If
you’ve ever spoken of the Yankees’ payroll, don’t be surprised that Tampa’s vs. Boston’s
comes up in the discussion!

The fight with Coco?  Coco had a point, believe me–but if you don’t think the Red Sox don’t have passionate enforcers who would have taken some shots at another team’s hothead (I say that endearingly) who charged one of our pitchers, then you’re crazy.

 

Yeah, I don’t like the cowbells any more than you do; but in
the context of what’s done at parks across the nation to get the fans to make
noise, I’m not sure it’s as horrific as it seems.

 

I love Joe Maddon.  I
believe in managers for teams.  I think
Terry Francona is perfectly placed with his front office and his team.  I think Joe Girardi may never find a better
match than his team of baby Marlins.  And
I think Maddon is both a fascinating and delightful guy and an unsurpassed motivator
for a team that had to find a way to put it together to achieve.

 

And I really like the Rays themselves, which has been evident in my shooting!

Carlos Pena, of course

Aki Iwamura


After losing an argument–Pedie was safe, to Aki’s chagrin!


Playing Twister with J.D. Drew

Dioner Navarro

Andy Sonnanstine

Jonny Gomes

Scott Kazmir

Matt Garza

Cliff Floyd

Evan Longoria

After years in which facing the Yankees brought bad blood from all sides, it’s refreshing to me that this year we have two talented teams vying for the right to represent the American League in the World Series.  Whoever wins will have earned it.  I hope it’s my beloved Red Sox.  But if the Rays should triumph, I’ll support them wholeheartedly, and I’ll hope they take home the biggest October prize of them all.

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2 comments

  1. sepstein@nd.edu

    Amen! I am RIGHT there with you on the Rays. I called it back in April/May, arguing with multiple baseball “fans” and emphatically vocalizing my opinion. And yes, although it meant a harder road to the ALCS, I wanted the Rays to win the pennant. And I’m glad you said that should the Rays beat us out, you’ll cheer for them wholeheartedly. I’m right there with you, and I’m glad someone else is in agreement with me 🙂 Keep writing your blog! I LOVE your pictures and you write so well! 🙂

  2. txredsoxgurl

    I really hate it when you’re right. I agree though…and why the hell does the camera love Haverhill so much?? I haven’t even met any Rays fans…I don’t like the cowbells, but I don’t like the white towels, thundersticks, or foam fingers either….but I do get it’s marketing. I remember my brother in his beginnings of following a new team in Houston…I hope we win this thing…but if we don’t….I hope in 100 years, the kids being raised near Tampa will hear of the young team who kicked *** in the World Series.
    Great Post Kelly!! and as always…you capture the essence of baseball in your photos!

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