Re: Pink Hat vs. Pollyanna
posted at 6/15/2013 6:34 PM EDT
In response to Beantowne's comment:
In response to Hfxsoxnut's comment:
IMO the term 'Pink Hat' has come to be tossed around too loosely and in fact is misunderstood and misused by some of the posters here. It's a pet peeve of mine, I guess.
I'm willing to be corrected on this, but my understanding of the term 'Pink Hat' is that it refers to the bandwagon fans who jumped on board with the Red Sox in 2004, or after 2004, when it became cool to be a Sox fan. I think it especially refers to fans who knew little about baseball or the history of the Sox, and who wanted to be in Fenway because it was a happening place. The type who would be grinning and singing 'Sweet Caroline' even if the Sox were losing by 5 runs. And of course the type who would think a pink Red Sox hat looked good on them, or their girlfriend.
Presumably, most or all of these 'Pink Hats' have deserted the team by now.
A 'Pollyanna' fan is something completely different. A Pollyanna is a fan who tries to look on the bright side of things most of the time. They don't wear a pink hat but they might be accused of wearing rose-colored glasses.
As opposed to a Pink Hat, though, a Pollyanna can be a long-term, loyal Red Sox fan who knows all the history and has suffered, but is just positive by nature.
I'm much more of a Pollyanna since the Sox won the Series twice. I've been with the team since 1969, and until 2004 my dream was to see them win it once, and it was starting to look like it might not happen in my lifetime. So that changed my whole perspective.
I don't mind being called a Pollyanna, but to me it's a huge insult, and dead wrong, to call me a Pink Hat.
Not sure why it's important to classify fans based on when they chose to root for the team and like it or not without the pink hats, the franchise and for that matter MLB would be a second city sport. pink hat = casual fan, every team in the game markets to the casual fan, knowing that it is their dollars that make the wheel go around. Do you think a true baseball junkie goes to the park to see the mascots...or a race between bratwurst?
The way I see it this, you're a knowledgable fan of the game. One of many that visit this site...there are many amount us that are in fact fans of the Red Sox, that lack a true understanding of the game. While some in fact come to this site daily, offering their views with the sole purpose of trying to incite. I myself am a fan of the game that roots for the Red Sox...I'll leave how I am classified to those that wish to waste their time on such drivel.
Hlfx, like it or not there will always be a large contingent of doom and gloomers among us, unfortunate side effect of 86 years of futility that's been bred into generations of fans and it is this group that spends most of their time trying to police this site and try's to paint those that don't buy into thier woes as pollyanna's and pink hats. End of the day, I take joy in them continuing to wallow in the myre and allow themselves to be led down the road to ruin by the pied piper Dan shaunessy and his merry men....
The profit margin in every sport depends largely on attracting the casual fan. The term " pink hat" is usually used in a pejorative way to denote a fair weather fan.