Red Sox fans suck as much as I thought they did: A retrospective look at my beginning years of a being a Yankee die-hard.

After a Yankees off-day yesterday, I found myself dying to write something, but nothing was jumping out to bite me and make me type. I was running out of Wang analogies and running out of energy, standing on my soapbox fighting for Joba’s place in the rotation. I pondered the idea of roster moves now that Posada’s back. Just wasn’t doing it for me. I even thought writing about the time I stiffed armed the Oriole Bird in the beak because he stole my Yankee hat one night. Don’t even TELL me how mean I was to do that. The Bird had it coming to him. He’s nothing but trouble, that guy. He doesn’t mess with me anymore either. After pondering other various moments that almost got me arrested, or at least “removed” from numerous ballgames and ballparks, I began to think back to my first Yankee game, September 23rd, 1983, against the Red Sox.

I remember it being a warm night and I was so excited. I was 11 years old (totally giving up my age here. Oh well.) Those that know me may be surprised that I was that old when I went to my first game. Being the oldest and only daughter of three children, I suppose my parents really didn’t think about taking me to a game, being a chick and all. Silly parents.

I remember my uncle, who is now a FDNY lieutenant (shout out to the Harlem Hilton!), was there with us. This man was PUMPED up. So was everyone else around. I never saw so much excitement in my life. It was electric. Yankee fans screaming “F-YOU CHOWDAHEADS!” and Red Sox fan screaming back, well, nothing really that damaging to remember. The line up for the Yanks that game was as such:

1. Willie Randolph              2B

2. Ken Griffey                  1B

3. Dave Winfield                LF

4. Don Baylor                   DH

5. Graig Nettles                3B

6. Don Mattingly                RF

7. Bob Meacham                  SS

8. Rick Cerone                   C

9. Omar Moreno                  CF

   Ron Guidry                    P

Wow, right? I knew who they were. Topps was a staple for me back then.  The Red Sox line up was:

1. Jerry Remy                   2B      

2. Wade Boggs                   3B      

3. Jim Rice                     LF      

4. Carl Yastrzemski             DH      

5. Reid Nichols                 CF 

6. Dave Stapleton               1B      

7. Ed Jurak                     SS            

8. Rick Miller                  RF      

9. Jeff Newman                   C      

       John Tudor                    P 

 

Yankees won 4-3 with Guidry pitching a complete game for his 21st win of the season. The man was on fire. Being a kid, I really didn’t pay much attention to anything else. Looking back on it now, something really bothers me. I remember the stands being fairly empty. Attendance was only 22,604. Not normal for a team that was 20 games over .500. And not normal for a game, in which a player, would be playing his last game there. Not any player; Hall of Fame player, Carl Yastrzemski.

Perhaps, now that I’m older and wiser, with a love for the game, is the reason that this is bothering me so. This man put 23 seasons in with the Red Sox Nation. The only team he ever played for. And half of the seats were empty. Where was the appreciation? Where were his fans? Granted, I know the game was at Yankee Stadium but come on?! You measly pissahs couldn’t drive 2 ½ – 3 hours to the Bronx to watch this man’s career come to an end? Listen, I don’t necessarily condone the visiting team’s fans to buy out tickets out from underneath the home town fans BUT this blows my mind away. Every single one of you clam shucking idiots, who called themselves Red Sox fans then, should be ashamed.

I look at Cal Ripken’s career as an Oriole. Another one-team lifer. Another Hall of Famer. Every ballpark during his last season was PACKED. It didn’t matter what team you were rooting for. Did Ripken have a better career? Sure he did BUT Yaz was the man in Beantown. Even back in the 70′s and 80′s it was rare to see a player spend his entire career with one team. Where was Yaz’s respect? I remember Bob Sheppard’s voice announcing Yaz’s first at bat. And the crowd rose with ovation. Every fan that was in attendance was cheering. And that’s how it should have been, but with a stadium at full capacity. You’re probably wondering why I’m not getting on the case of Yankee fans from that era. I have no reason to. For one reason or another, even with the tremendous line up that the Yankees had, they chose not to be there. And as for Red Sox fans that could have been there? The empty seats that night should have been filled with your chowdahead *****. Shame. I guess you guys have always sucked.

17 Comments

Great Blog entry…enjoyed it a lot. Made me think of how my wife and I sat through the pouring rain @ Fenway Park last September to watch Mike Mussina pitch his LAST game and win 20 for the FIRST time in his career. — It was worth it.

Kudos to you and the misses Haasan! I would have done the same thing. Matter of fact, when I lived in Baltimore, I did it for Ripken. How rewarding is it to see any great player literally play out his career to the very end? Yup, that great.

Hey Meg… That was a great read! I remember driving down to Baltimore a few times myself for Cal’s farewell. And, as a lifelong fan like you, I feel honored to have seen him.

But then again, did we ever think that Sox fans had any class????

Well done, Meg… Well done.

Noel

Thanks Noel! And you didn’t stop by?!!! You could of had a free place to stay! LOL! I was a season ticket holder at Camden Yards for a few years and the pleasure of watching Ripken NEVER grew dull.

I don’t know if I ever thought that Sox fans had class, but I HAD them under the species of **** sapien. But then again, I guess sometimes that doesn’t count for much.

It means a lot that you stopped by! Thanks!

I hate to comment on this, especially since you just paid a visit to our site (Sox Vs. Stripes). But since you have called the best team of the 21st Century out…

September 24, 1995. The last game at Yankee Stadium for one Don Mattingly. Donnie Ballgame. The most beloved Yankee between 1982-1995.

Yankee Stadium seated 56,866 people back then. Attendance for that home game was 34,848. Don Mattingly’s last regular-season game at home, ever, and you guys only filled the place to 61% of capacity. Is it any wonder Karma paid you back against the Mariners in the playoffs? : )

Or what about Ron Guidry himself? A lifer with the Yanks and his last home game was attended by just 27,589 people. His last game ever, in Baltimore, was watched by just 21,600 people. Are you telling my you lazy SOBs couldn’t make a drive down the Turnpike to watch him pitch? What kind of fans are you?? So sad…

I will also point out that the Sox had a three-game series with Cleveland at Fenway after their trip to the Bronx that year. The last game of Yaz’s career was, of course, a sellout.

Dave, I have to give you props. I guess this goes to show you the whole sad state of affairs back then when it came to stellar players ending out their careers.

I lived in Baltimore from 97 to 05. I have to say, that those fans were the example of how fans should celebrate a player when they are retiring. Of course not all can compare to Ripken.

I think to make things fair, Dave, a sellout at Fenway (present day) is 37,400. If Donny Baseball ended his career there, There would have been people standing on Yawkey Way. Capacity then was 33,513.

Thank you for stopping by :)

I just wish your venom was directed at the Yankees. I am outnumbered on our blogroll. :)

It’s true; great players today are honored a lot more than they used to be. Perfect example – my dad was one of the handful of people at Fenway for Ted Williams’ last game. That would never happen today.

Of course, that increased devotion can be horribly misdirected sometimes…just look at the sadsacks in ‘Frisco who worship The Giant Head.

Oh, I have venom! Believe me.
My blog is actually in respect to Yaz. Seriously. Being from Long Island, he was one of the greatest athletes to be bred from there. Not many know he went to Notre Dame on a basketball scholorship. Drafted as a nobody by the Sox. A true success story.

Ah, the Giant Head. You know, I was going through my baseball cards and came across one of his early ones from the Pirates. Good Lord. Yeah, ok….he didn’t do anything wrong. Pffft. Dave, I enjoy your witty banter. I bet your blogging partner would like me better than you though ;-)

Yaz is proof that once in a while New York does something right. :)

Most people like Aviv better than me. I’m too much of a smart-*** for my own good.

I’m amazed that you remembered the lineups from that first game when you were only 11. I can’t remember who played yesterday. LOL. And the name Omar Moreno means absolutely nothing to me. How could I not know he was a Yankee? What a bad fan! Also surprising was that Wade Boggs was on the same team as Yaz. I didn’t remember that their careers overlapped. I do, of course, remember what a great player Yaz was. Classy guy too. Thanks for that trip down memory lane, Megan.

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Jane, I have to admit, I remembered a bit of the line up, but did go to baseball-reference.com to get the complete one. You’re too funny…Omar Moreno meant nothing to me as well, if it makes you feel any better! And I also did not remember that Boggs was on the team that year as well. My biggest memory of him was on the back of a NYPD horse after the World Series win in 96. Wouldn’t that sight be nice to see again? The NYPD better come with Clydesdales this year if Tex decides to go for a ride :)

I would LOVE to see Tex on the back of a Clydesdale!!!!! Nothing would make me happier. I really think this team has a chance, but I’m taking it one day at a time like a recovering Yankeeholic.

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Oh I hear ya Jane! I’ll still own stock in Alka Seltzer, Rolaids and Advil. Matter of fact, if the Yanks EVER release Veras, he would be the perfect spokesperson/poster child for their products! “Do my pitches make you queesy? Tired of feeling like a human backstop?”….lol

It’s true, Yanks fans rock, Sox fans suck.
-Dillon
http://demboysfromthebronx.mlblogs.com

I love the idea of Veras doing ads for pain/acid reflux ads, but I’d rather he do them in…..Pittsburgh!

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The town where players go to die!!!! LOL!

Wow outting yourself? U were 11 i was 15 great stuff and it’s about time u pisted something Darling!!

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