Red Sox Chick/Toeing the Rubber

Because you always need a backup plan

I hope he knows what he's in for

Yesterday online only reinforced my belief that 1) most of the sports media enjoys feeding into the frenzy and 2) many (but not all)  Red Sox fans will jump on any opportunity to knock the team they supposedly love and quickly assume the worst of them.

I’m happy the Adrian Gonzalez trade got done and I’m looking forward to 11am today when we get a press conference with real information instead of the gossip and rumors that floated around all day yesterday.  I read such hateful, whiny, entitled crap yesterday that I honestly almost just deleted the majority of the people I follow on Twitter if not for what they were writing, what they were re-tweeting and agreeing with.  Professional sports writers who get paid to report facts were writing about how the ownership was being cheap and the fans were going to turn on the team because of it.  Professional athletes were writing about what bad publicity it all was for the team.  Fans chirping about wanting John Henry’s head.  All of this coming out before ANYTHING was officially reported.  Luckily, the Internet gets shut off easily so I could walk away from the hatefulness but the idea that almost nothing has changed since 2004 is sad.  So many fans still freak out over every rumor that comes out and no matter what rational thoughts get brought in (like, oh, the fact that we had NO facts except that the deadline had past) and I was embarrassed, embarrassed to be connected with fans like that.

Today at 11am, the trade and what it entails will be officially announced.  I’m willing to wait until then to decide whether I should be pleased about this or disappointed in the team.  I’m guessing I won’t be disappointed.


December 6, 2010 - Posted by | 2010 |


  1. //but the idea that almost nothing has changed since 2004 is sad.//

    Exactly. THIS is what drives me nuts; two world titles in the past 7 years, perennial playoff team, consistently good and make every attempt to get better (even if it doesn’t work out) and yet people STILL flip out. Well said, Cyn.

    Comment by Ted | December 6, 2010 | Reply

  2. My sentiments exactly, Cyn. It never ceases to astonish me how negatively so many who claim to be Sox fans write about the team they purport to root for. I guess a lot of bitter, angry people who resent the universe for reasons of their own take consolation in saying the nastiest things they can come up with about the Sox, their ownership, front office, players, concession workers, parking attendants…a host of innocent people for whose work I, for one, am deeply grateful. It’s way, way, WAY more fun to enjoy your team and think positively about them when you can–and this is a club you have so many good reasons to think positively about. I love this team, I’m hugely grateful we have the committed, sane, intelligent ownwership we have and the smart and accomplished front office folk who have built this organization and brought two championships and a host of playoff appearances to the franchise that was mired in misery for eight decades until they came along. The negativity patrol should spend a year rooting for an organization that IS badly managed; this, praise the baseball mercies, ain’t it.

    Comment by Elaine Apthorp | December 6, 2010 | Reply

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