The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

24 October 2004

How about those Expos?

Deacon at Power Line wonders just how it is that the Boston Red Sox became the national symbol of futility:

A Red Sox fan born in 1949 has seen his (or her) team play in three World Series and has enjoyed three and a half consecutive decades of exciting, mostly winning baseball. His counter-part from Washington D.C. (me, for example) has seen his team move twice, one season of winning baseball, and no baseball for 33 years. A comparable Chicago Cubs fan has never seen his team in the World Series and has endured mostly losing baseball for decades. A Chicago White Sox fan will have seen his team in one Series, if he was lucky enough to have become a fan by 1959. A Houston Astros fan has never had his team in a Series. A San Francisco Giants fan has seen his team (like Boston) play in three Series without success. A Cleveland Indians fan endured decades of futility broken only by some success in the 1990s, during which the club lost the only two Series it's appeared in since 1948.

Yet somehow the Red Sox fans managed to obtain a near monopoly on the "woe is me" lament. To me, this represents the triumph of "hub-of-the-universe" arrogance coupled with the philosophy [of] victimization.

That and the fact that the Red Sox had a clearly-defined villain. The Cubbies or the Tribe could pass themselves off as lovable losers, maybe, without pointing fingers or dissuading their fans; Bosox Nation, on the other hand, preferred to mutter dark imprecations about the Evil Empire in the Bronx.

Of course, if they actually win this Series...but never mind, let's not go there. At least, not now.

Posted at 2:51 PM to Base Paths