Even the famous Boston movie stars Ben Affleck and Matt Damon never uttered the term “Red Sox Nation” as they walked the streets of Cambridge as young boys. That being said, the Red Sox have a tremendous fan base and they deserve to bask in the glory of winning two of the past four World Series. Millions of these die-hard fans had waited patiently to finally win their first championship in 2004 after a long, painful drought that had lasted since 1918. Generations of “The Faithful” were only experts in the experience of losing and looking up in the standings to the New York Yankees.
...Then on March 30, I tuned into “60 Minutes” to watch a fluff piece on legendary “Stat Man” Bill James, who has the title of “Senior Advisor for baseball operations” for the Red Sox. Morley Safer interviewed James with a Red Sox cap on and portrayed him as the reason why the franchise turned the corner with his help for identifying undervalued talent. Safer never got around to mentioning the fact that the Red Sox have now joined the Yankees as out-of -control spenders who will spend whatever it takes to sign any player that can help them win. When Katie Couric recently interviewed Alex Rodriguez, she asked him if he ever took steroids, and I don’t remember her wearing a Yankees cap.
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