I was born and bred in Boston. I bleed Red for the Sox, add white and blue for the Pats, and green for the Celts. Like any bright Bostonian, I've given up on the Bruins until they get new ownership.
I'm 32. The '75 Series is before my memory, but I remember Bucky F**king Dent all too well. I think the Sports Guy is freaking brilliant. I could go on and on about Henderson, Buckner, etc. and my qualifications as a "die-hard Boston sports fan" but point taken...
...and I have never, ever, EVER been so damn embarrassed as I was the other night when Pedro, PEDRO, was booed leaving the mound after getting shelled in the home opener on Saturday. I have never seen such a disgraceful act by Boston sports fans.
Now, granted, it wasn't the whole ballpark or anything. Just a "significant minority of morons". Still, utterly and completely, unforgiveably ignorant.
In my 25+ years of sports memory, there are two, and only two Boston players who deserve, essentially, deification. Larry Bird and Pedro Martinez. Clemens was great in his time, but he was never, ever as good, never as exciting, never as utterly dominant as Pedro was from '98-00. He never gave us a moment like striking out 17 Yankees in a one-hitter at Yankee Stadium (ya, 20K's is great, but they were horrible, horrible teams, not the defending World Champions), and he sure as hell never gave us a moment like trotting out from the bullpen, fighting through injury, to shut down a mighty Indians' lineup in the playoffs. John Hannah may have been the best guard ever, but c'mon, he was a guard. Hard to get excited. Orr was before my time as well, of course. Bourque was phenenomenal, but not Gretzky or Orr phenomenal.
We recently had a thread where I was involved in bashing the Atlanta Braves fans for failing to show up and adequately support what has been, essentially a dynasty. I withdraw my comments. Some of my fellow Bostonians recently cost me the right to say anything...
The best thing I ever saw Boston sports fans do was in 1983, when the hated '76ers defeated the Celtics, at Boston Garden, in I believe Game 6 of the Eastern Conference series to win the series and the right to face the Lakers in the Championships (the Lakers had already won the West). That final game was a blowout, the Celts pretty much got killed. The last two or three minutes of the game, the Boston Garden rocked, rocked with the thunderous chant of "BEAT L.A.". I remember the Philly players gushing about Boston sports fans after that game. Now I've seen the flip side of that coin, and it's not a good feeling to say the least.
Rant over. Exit soapbox. I waited 2 days to cool down, but still had to vent about this. Just awful. Makes me want to puke.
"You can observe a lot just by watching."