There is, as some of you are aware, a chant that has been associated with Red Sox fans, and their contempt for a certain team for New York. It was never really all that classy, though I can't claim to be innocent of joining in. In fact, back in the day I was shouting just as loud as everyone else. But even in the heyday of the whole "Red Sox finish second to the Yankees. always" era (even if the Yankees win the division this year I consider said era to have come to a close with the World Series victory) there was use of it that I found annoying. Like if the Red Sox were, to give an example, trailing the Royals and the crowd wanted something to shout about. Sitting in the bleachers at Fenway three years ago I found that more annoying than having paid to watch my team lose to the Royals.
Midway during last year's run, I grew tired of the chanting. In fact, I recognized it as the blunted Parthian shot it was. But then, something changed. It was the eighth inning of the seventh game of the ALCS, and the Red Sox fans in the crowd, with the strength of a commanding lead behind them, began to drown out the New York crowd. But amid the chants of "Let's Go, Red Sox," there was a less audible yet easily distingushable shout of "Red Sox Suck." For me, that was the instant that the Curse was broken. Now, we are the dominators. Now, we suck. We no longer needed to claim superiority, we had proven it. So when I heard the familiar chant once again at the Fourth of July fireworks, in Boston, I greeted it with a disappointed sigh. Today, I was disgusted.
Tampa Bay is a city where the Red Sox fans are for most of the time louder than the Devil Rays fans. Chant's of, "Let's Go Red Sox" are more powerful and prevalent than whatever the hell it is the Devil Rays fans chant (I mean there's not much to go on. The name isn't really right for chanting and the team hardly gives the fans reason to chant.) Tonight, for one inning, there was an unmistakable "Yankees Suck" drifting out from the Sox fans in Tampa, while the score was tied.
The Red Sox are not trailing the Yankees in the standings. They were not playing against the Yankees. The Yankees weren't playing at all tonight. They were in Tampa Bay, where no one really gives a shit about the Yankees unless they're there. They were out there, in enemy territory, proving that Red Sox Nation still has a victim complex.
If any of you fuckers who were in the stands chanting are reading this, I want all of your names. You're fired.