As an avid baseball fan who reads everything I can find the time for, on a daily basis you’ll come across things you disagree with, sometimes strongly. That’s all fair game, and I’ve long held that some of us like debating sports as much as we like the games themselves. But every once in a while you comes across something so silly, so mindlessly irrelevant and off base that you just can’t let it pass. An entry in yesterday’s post game coverage on Boston.com was one of those instances.
The Red Sox allowed seven runs in the seventh inning and seven more in the eighth inning to blow a 9-1 lead. If ever there was a day to skip “Sweet Caroline,” in favor of some decorum, this was it.
But the song played and on one of the most embarrassing days in franchise history, people sang, “So good! So good!” like they were drunk at a wedding.
It’s only a song and if people want to sing, so be it. But let’s forget about the notion that Fenway Park is a tough place to play and is full of hard-core fans. Because it’s not any more. It’s a place where people gleefully sing a cheesy song after their team blows a nine-run lead.
Nobody is singing when they home team is getting embarrassed at Yankee Stadium or Citizens Bank Park. Bruins fans weren’t singing at the Garden Saturday. Either winning really matters or it doesn’t. If it does, put the silly song on the shelf during games like this.
• The best news? It’s supposed to rain like crazy Sunday. Not even the Red Sox can lose a rainout.
Pete, of course, in a former life built the wildly successful LoHud Yankees blog into what it is today. In my dealings with him I always found him to be helpful, and he would offer lots of off the record insight into what was going on with the team for the asking. One of the good guys. But as a journalist, even one who does editorials (opinion as opposed to hard news) this is just beyond silly. To focus on Sweet Caroline when there is a mountain of real baseball analysis to be done on a team in turmoil with no bullpen is at best a distraction, and at worst an upside down set of priorities. Maybe its just the ramblings of a die hard Sox fan whose team is currently struggling mightily. That’s fine coming from the man on the street, but when it comes from a journalist it leads one to question his ability to be objective. Come on Pete, you’re better than this.
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