Re: Standard Mentality of the Common Sox Fan?
posted at 2/17/2012 9:38 AM EST
In Response to Re: Standard Mentality of the Common Sox Fan?
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Standard Mentality of the Common Sox Fan? : how can anyone be a long time sox fan and think their team is always going to win and do well???? those are pink hat fans with no sense of history...spring can bring hope, not stupidity
Posted by georom4[/QUOTE]
G- here we have a very telling difference in psychological view of what a Sox fan is:
you view a Sox fan who has faith that the Sox will succeed as a 'Pink Hat' because history taught us that we should not expect it, it is stupid to expect it.
But, to me, what made all those years prior to 2004 so hard was that I always expected it, always had faith that 'this year, things would be different'. All those years of slugging line-ups that promised so many runs but surely not enough to overcome the perenially shaky pitching. But, I always believed. In spite of my better sense, because I was, am, and always will be, all in with the Sox, for better or for worse. So, it is ironic that you would call this mentality 'pink hat', as 'pink hat', I think, implies a sort of new jack sensibility.
The difference these days, is that the Sox, even with big question marks as they have going into 2012, are fielding much more competetive clubs than they did for the decades that I suffered through prior. The funny thing is that i actually view this new Sox fan entitled sense of We-Deserve-Rings-Anything-Less-Is-Unacceptable as 'pink hat', as this entitlement arose with the first beautiful championship, which was also the time of the rise of the pink hat that began to be seen in bulk at Fenway and beyond. 2007 saw an even greater explosion of this entitlement, and, not coincidentally, pink hats in the stands.
If a pink hat is a fan that isn't willing to take a huge dump on a club that promises to be competitive in a much more serious way than almost every edition we went into a season with in the 70s, 80s, 90s, well, so be it, I'LL BE DAT.