Saturday, February 19, 2005
The Yankees should hand them the rings from their knees
The biggest thing that I don't like about this rivalry is the notion of "class". I've heard for years that the Yankees are just bursting with class, while the Red Sox? Well, they have absolutely none at all, of course. I really can't see it. I can't see what makes the Yankees classy. Is it because they're boring? The way that they never seem to have anything fun, do anything fun, or be anything more than boring? If that's what you think class is, why the hell would the Yankees be proud of that? I really think that too much is made out of this "class" bullshit. Because, really, when it comes down to it, that's all it is...bullshit. And it's that bullshit that's causing the Red Sox to pull a stupid stunt like not presenting the rings in front of the Yankees. They want to show that they have "class" too.
Baseball is not a gentleman's game. From the days of Babe Ruth boozing it up to the days of Ty Cobb drop-kicking second basemen all the way up to the days of Barry Bonds being a prick and Kevin Millar doing shots before play off games. Baseball has never been a gentleman's game. Baseball is not about class. It's not about having a superior attitude. It's not about politeness, respectability, being the better man...none of that. Baseball is a competition. Do people even know what competition is these days? Two teams go into a game. One comes out on top, the winner. We cheer them. We celebrate them. One team comes out a loser. We laugh at them. We point at them and tell them how much they suck. Why? BECAUSE THEY DO SUCK! They lost! At the beginning of the season 30 teams go in, one comes out. One team won the competition. One team has bragging rights, respectability, and the ability to call themselves champions. 29 other teams lost. It doesn't matter if it's Arizona losing 158 games or if it's the Yankees for executing the biggest choke in baseball history or anyone in between. They all lost.
I want to see the Red Sox present the World Series rings on their home opener. I want to see 35,000 people cheer their heads off with each ring presented. I want to see the place absolutely explode when the Red Sox take the field. And I want to see 35,000 chant "YANKEES SUCK" the second the Yankees take the field. Does that make me a bad person? Does that make me less classy? Good.