Our main event on our "Big East Coast Trip" as it has been named around this house is a Boston Red Sox game at the legendary Fenway Park. I love baseball. It's pretty much the only sport I can remotely follow with any interest. I like it for many reasons. I like it's broad appeal. I like that dodger tickets can still be obtained for less than 10 dollars. I love the nostalgic American aspect of the sport. I like that it has its skeletons, and it's triumphs. Kirk Gibson's fist pumping homerun during the 88 World Series. or that time the Dodgers scored 4 back to back home runs, or any game Sandy Koufax ever pitched.
Oh, you've caught on, I'm a Dodger Fan through and through. I will never not be a Dodger Fan. So why so much excitement about Fenway? Because it's Fenway...duh. No baseball fan would turn up a chance to see a game at Fenway. I debated making the trademark LA Dodgers symbol for this yarnbomb, but it occurred to me that in the spirit of the game, I had to respect where I was, and why I was there. I'm at Fenway because the Red Sox are one of the oldest teams in baseball with a great history and a great ballpark.
Also, recent events at a Dodger game made me think about what it is to be a baseball fan, especially a fan dealing with a fan of an opposing team. In a game at the start of the season at Dodger stadium against the Giants, a Giants fan was beaten to a pulp. Do I hate hearing someone at a Dodger game rooting for the rival team? Sure, but when I go root for the Dodgers elsewhere I cheer, and people have to put up with me. It's just an unfortunate courtesy we pay to each other. That said, if we start beating people up at games....we just ruin the game. It means more security measures, higher tickets costs, and lost revenue if your stadium gets a reputation for having unruly fans (which Dodger stadium already has). Baseball is competitive, but it's fun. It's fun rallying around a representation of the city you love, but without those other teams that we love to hate....It'd just be a bunch of guys playing catch at a really big park.
So as a visitor to this fair city, I made the Red Sox logo. I'm here for the history of baseball, and I've got nothing against the Sox (they're in a different league after all). So go on Red Sox, beat those Indians today. I'll be rooting for you.