The Red Sox also have a disconnect. For years “The Sawx” presented themselves as a hard-scrabble bunch of misfits who over come the odds and somehow eek out a winning season. Those days are gone; long gone, along with Trot Nixon, Manny and soon Jason Varitek. Now Red Sox Nation struggles with a new identity. Packed full of hired help, like J-D Drew, Mark Kotsay and Dice K, they win. But to do so they had to become everything they used to hate. To beat the evil empire, they became one.
Walk around any city in America and you see Red Sox caps from a new generation of “Johhny-Come-Lately” fans. Children root for them, unaware of the crushing history that has united their stoic and honorable fans for decades. Its fun to be a Sox Fan now — no wonder so many call it “Poser Nation.”
But the Red Sox, like the Republicans, are at their best when they’re backs are against the wall. Both are, at their core, natural opposition parties. Never underestimate the Democrat’s ability to screw things up. Will the Dems choke like the Rays choked at Fenway? I don’t think so, but no matter what happens, both Red Nations will have a lot of soul searching to do this winter.
Kev Dr. $
P.S. I know this post will infuriate my friend Mr. McGraw. As you prepare your scornful response its important to point out one more unfortunate similarity between Republicans and Red Sox, a humorless and blindly partisan fringe of supporters incapable of and intolerant of objective analysis.