First some background information....
I am a die hard Mets fan, who has been around through thick and thin. I breathe the Mets and everything that has to do with them. That being said, I bought a Red Sox cap last year for two reasons A) Because I considered myself a fan of the team (admittedly because I can relate with the Red Sox and their fans, hating the Yankees is a very strong bond) and B) because I wanted to taunt my housemates who are Yankees fans.
This year, the tables were turned and the Sox pulled off the improbable. I ended up having a heated discussion with the afformentioned housemate over whether I was a fan or not.
To some this surely sounds like a ridiculous argument. Just hear it out, it's kind of interesting. He believed that I was merely a Yankee hater, both of fans and team and that if the Yankees were playing the Blue Jays I would have been a Blue Jay fan. Sounds plausible.
My response: I've enjoyed watching the Red Sox because I can relate with the fans and the team. I enjoy watching the underdog and seeing them win, and becoming a Red Sox fan seemed natural. He immediately calls me a frontrunner, and tells me that I just hate all Yankee fans. Bitter? Of course.
So what am I? A fan, or just a bitter Mets fan. Probably a little bit of both.
Actually, we had a very interesting discussion about the term underdog and I would like to hear what you guys define underdog as.
His definition: The yankees were the underdog because they had Schilling and Pedro and in a 7 game series this would be hard to beat. Regardless of if you agree that the Yankees were the weaker team, just assume that they were for the time being.
My definition: To be an underdog implies more than just a series, or a month, or even a season. To be a true underdog is more of an institutional thing developed over years and years of being cursed. Regardless of the team, I always felt like the Sox were the underdog.
Thoughts? Forgive the choppy nature of this post....I'm writing it at 4 A.M to get out of finishing my term paper due at 10AM.