Heart of Darkness of a Yankee Fan
It is always instructive to get a glimpse of the inner core of Yankee fans.
The other day I was walking down a pleasant street in the Berkshires with my wife and four friends.
Puffy clouds played in the clear New England sunshine above the soft green hills.
Most of us were fixated on lunch, some on art or window displays. My new friend Joe from Queens was otherwise preoccupied. Great career, family man, terrific shape, funny. And a Yankee fan.
“Ha!” he gloated. “Look at this! Not a Red Sox cap in sight. For years that’s all you saw in this town. Red Sox caps. Red Sox banners. Red Sox t-shirts. Red Sox bumper stickers. Red Sox tattoos. Red Sox flags. Red Sox schedules in the windows. Red Sox art. Red Sox names for sandwiches. Guess they’re not so cocky now. How’s that Bobby V thing going for them? How are Beckett and Lester doing? Where is Papelbon? What ever happened to Red Sox Nation? Ha!”
That is how I remember his spontaneous monologue.
(I told my new pal I might try to reconstruct his diatribe, and he said, not to worry, that no matter how I remembered it, he probably said worse. Or would have, if he had thought of it. Joe from Queens was thoroughly delighted at the downswing of Ye Olde Towne Team.)
I did not see any Yankee regalia in the Berkshire streets. The only ball cap I saw was from the University of California. Go figure. The entire Red Sox nation had vanished as the Sox plummeted downward in the Eastern Division.
That night my new pal excused himself after dinner and disappeared to his room. Yankee radio and Yankee television were apparently jammed in that corner of New England, but he was following the Yankees on the computer.
The next day he supplied details of derring-do by Kuroda and Swisher, Jeter and Chavez, or some such combination. Yankee heroics, Red Sox disaster. The mixture made him downright giddy
8/21/2012 11:00:02 am
8/21/2012 02:47:51 pm
What town you at, Alan? I'm two down from the Mass/CT border. Mass merchants supply us with tires (Sewards), Propane (Carlson), cheese (Rubiners), and gin (the place by the bridge in Great Barrington. The Red Lion is is a favorite lunch stop when getting our latest window treatments at Yankee (not Red Sox) Curtains. Should be be angry at GV for not calling?
8/22/2012 08:24:59 am
Rubiner's. We ate outside with the smokers and the construction. But a lovely BLT.
8/22/2012 09:43:06 am
8/23/2012 04:56:22 am
Hi, my friend.
8/23/2012 07:20:54 am
Altenir: thanks so much. You should have seen the Real and Milan jerseys in our metro two weeks ago. You are absolutely right, modern communications have brought "foreign" sports like football to America and Yankees to Brazil. The world is smaller. I think one of the guys who finished off Qaddafri was wearing a Yankee cap. I make no comment. Ciao, GV
8/24/2012 09:54:14 am
8/23/2012 03:17:21 pm
Hi, this is from Ed Martin the Tampa Bay Rays fan, you remember me, perhaps disguised as a Mets fan. Actually, here in L'Estrie, it is hockey season all year, and the concern is with the Habs. Nice to think of you living the good life on vacation. Ciao.
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