My godson Sam, now enrolled as a Cavalier at the University of Virginia, is a near perfect young man except for his attachment to the Red Sox.
In the world of sports franchises, the Red Sox are one level removed from the seventh level of Hell –reserved of course for the Ravens and the owner who must not be named.
But the Sox are worse than the other five damned franchises –the Michigan Wolverines, the USC Trojans, The New York Yankees, The Pittsburg Steelers and the Cinncy Bengles.
Primarily because their fans whine so. And their players. And their management. And the whole blasted city.
Well, here’s another fine example of Red Sox “values”, from today’s Globe:
Sox play tough on mementoLawyers file suit for ’04 Series ballBy Jonathan Saltzman, Globe Staff | December 1, 2005
To Red Sox fans, it is priceless — the baseball that Keith Foulke flipped to Doug Mientkiewicz on an October night in St. Louis last year to clinch the team’s first World Series championship in 86 years.
Now, 13 months after Mientkiewicz pocketed the ball, the team is playing hardball. Lawyers for the Red Sox filed suit yesterday in Suffolk Superior Court seeking permanent possession of the cherished symbol of suffering redeemed.
When the team first tried to claim it, the light-hitting but slick-fielding first baseman created a furor in Red Sox Nation by refusing to give it up.
In January, days after he was traded to the New York Mets, he and the team announced that the Red Sox would hold the ball temporarily and could display it across New England, along with the World Series trophy. But the agreement said he would get it back at the end of this year ”unless the ultimate issue of ownership has been otherwise resolved.”
Read the whole thing. Clip and save. It is the sort of churlish action that could get the curse reinstated.
As many people know the curse was lifted in order to direct the full concentration of the anti-good luck gods on John Kerry.
We can only hope it is back in place and indeed is visited upon smilin’ Bill Belichick and the Pats.
Soxblog must be embarrassed. As there are no other bloggers in the region, perhaps Dean will attempt a defense of this Red Sox filing.
Did I mention that Rocky Colavito should have been elected to the Hall of Fame twice before Yaz got in as a visitor?