I'm here to provide a public service, and some much-needed clarification.
I'm here to deny, debate, and hopefully destroy an age old myth—a dirty little lie that has found its way across an entire nation of baseball fans.
Perhaps it's the LA smog talking, perhaps it's the few beers I've pounded, or perhaps it's just the honest-to-God truth—true Red Sox fans are baseball fans, first and foremost. We don't hate all of the Yankees, nor all Yankee fans!
That's right, I said it! That right, I'm sure it will cost me a few friends, and I'll have to dress up in a disguise to visit some of my favorite Boston-area bars, but it's the truth.
I'm not the only one. Red Sox fans love baseball, and actually respect and appreciate many Yankee greats, both past and present.
But let me stop you right there if you think you'll be seeing the likes of A-Rod, Giambi, or the Boss on this list. I said I had a few beers—but I didn't wake up retarded!
I have always appreciated and respected the likes of Jeter, Posada, Pettitte, and the great Joe Torre—that's right, I said he is great! How can you not admire these guys for what they do on the diamond, and what they've done for the sport?
Where I have always known and felt the above statements to be true, I didn't really realize how much Red Sox fans actually need the evil empire. Case and point—and I'm going out on a very narrow branch here, I know—was the end of the regular season this past year.
Was I the only Sox fan glad to see the Yankees making a run of things? I didn't want them to catch us, but the season would have felt somewhat of a loss had the Yankees been bottom-dwellers and missed the playoffs.
I appreciate and respect the Yankee organization for their competitive nature, and more importantly, for having a consistent fan base. Here's another bold statement: Baseball fans, do you want to know why the baseball world revolves around Boston and New York?
It's simple—we have fan bases that never waver. We don't know the meaning of a fair-weather fan. We love our teams, and we spend a ridiculous amount of money and time supporting them. Outside of those two cities you have the Cubs, and then a huge—and I can't stress huge enough—drop off for fan loyalties.
Go ahead, rant and rave all you want, other cities. I have proof.
Not to pick on the Angels, as they have become a team that I have grown to love (as long as they're not playing my Sox), but when I started to see the Sox play them in Anaheim back in 2000, Red Sox fans dominated the stands by a 70-30 ratio.
No, I'm not exaggerating. It wasn't until after the Angels won the World Series that the ratio dropped closer to 50-50—but even that would never happen in Fenway or Yankee Stadium. The world would end in a horrible, fiery ball before either of those ballparks or their fans would allow even a five-percent fan base of the other team to be let in to a game!
Also, much to my horror, I've seen many afternoon games on television with half the stands completely empty!
Again, something that would never ever happen in Fenway or Yankee Stadium. Yes, I know Fenway only holds about 35,000 fans, but you could have a game at 6am on a Tuesday, and it would still be standing room only.
The only time those empty seats at other ballparks fill up is when teams like... okay, I'm sure you get the point.
As a baseball fan, I would love to see Derek Jeter fielding balls at shortstop in a Red Sox uniform. Yes, I know it would never happen—but the point is to dismiss the notion that all Sox fans wish Jeter and the entire Yankee team would die a tragic death.
Yes, I love arguing relentlessly with Yankee fans over who is better and why. Yes, I love the fact that every year since I've had breath in my lungs the Yankees and the Sox have been bitter rivals, and combined for great games and great pennant races.
Now, before I bow out as gracefully as possible at this point, I would love to tip my hat—my blue hat with a big red "B" on the front—to Andy Pettitte for his open admission for his use of HGH.
In my opinion, Pettitte has always been a class act and a great competitor. I was really happy to see him come out and clear the air, and hopefully seperate himself from that Benedict Arnold he unfortunately calls a friend!