Having been born and raised in Queens, I don't remember ever going to a sporting event and hearing "RED SOX SUCK," but it's something you hear EVERYWHERE in New England. I've heard the "Yankees suck" chant while at a Bruins, Celtics and Patriots game. Oh, once it was even being repeated at a Bon Jovi concert at the Garden. When people ask me what it's like to be a Yankee fan in New England I simply say that it's pretty much like living in enemy territory. And since I have a big mouth, and it's even bigger when I've been drinking, it has led me to some.. how do you say.. verbal fisticuffs? It doesn't help that when I get drunk I forget that I'm only 5'3" and try to pick fights with grown men.
Remember when the Pats one the Superbowl the year that Janet Jackson flashed her nip to all of America? Well, I was outside with the crowd after and someone started that chant and I decided to stick my finger in his stomach and say "Don't you know that the Yankees play baseball and that we're talking about football?!" This was followed by some expletives (mostly on my part, I think) and finally I remember being hauled away by a guy friend. He picked me up like a rag doll and I kicked and screamed and told him to let me go so I could go "kick some serious ass". Hmm. right. Let's blame it on the a a a a a alcohol? Sure.
Now that I'm older and (slightly) wiser, I try not to pick (too many) fights with my friends who are Red Sox fans. I do get a little mouthy on Twitter, and if I've been drinking. But, I will always respect a fan (for any sport) who can stick by their team for better or for worse. I don't appreciate bandwagon fans and I will forever judge people who wear their team's hats in pink, and no matter how long I live in Boston, I will always bleed blue and white pinstripes.
Tell me about your team. The one you love to hate, the one that can make you happy and miserable all within the same game.