|Note: This is a recreation of what happened at Billy's. This was taken at Croxley's. No relation to Billy's.|
Unsuccessful, we left Billy's to meet Auntiedukes and Uncle Alan in front of Gate 4 for the game. Once inside the stadium, we headed up to our section. Auntiedukes and Uncle Alan went to our seats immediately while we went in search of food...cos' we're fat. Lisa finally got her Lobel's steak sandwich and Serena tried the chicken sliders for the first time. Lisa's sandwich/fries combo was $20 and Serena's platter was $12. We each got a souvenir beer for $11 (it was a new cup...we obviously needed it). By the way, Lisa loved her sandwich. Anyone who doesn't enjoy the Lobel's steak sandwich is un-American. And probably an a-hole.
We didn't meet our next Red Sox fan until later. In the meantime, we watched Phil Hughes let the game slip through his fingers in his signature style: via the home run. In this case, it came as grand slam off the bat of Mike Napoli.
Since Justin is in Fairfield, he falls into the tri-state network area and only gets Red Sox games when they play the Yankees, so that's why he looks forward to these matchups. Justin also hobbled down half a ramp with us on a broken leg for no reason to do this interview, so we thank him and hope he's feeling better!
On our way back to our seats, we met Kelly and Derek, who've been married for 5 years (in fact, the game was on their anniversary so happy anniversary to them!). They don't argue about their teams, but according to Kelly, Derek tends to pick on her a lot.
We returned to our seats in time to witness the true meltdown. The only good thing to come out of this game is the fact that we're pretty sure Ichiro Suzuki and Kevin Youkilis read our blog (which probably gives Youk really low self-esteem) because both men came out songs we suggested on our "at bat" blog post. Ichiro came out to Snoop Dogg's "Drop it like it's Hot" and Youk came out to Eminem's "Til' I Collapse." Well done, fellas. On the field, it was an anal raping. In fact, by the top of the 9th inning when Jarrod Salty hit a ground rule double over Gardy's head, Serena muttered, "your mother's a whore, Tribek." Which has absolutely nothing to do with baseball. Or Salty. Obviously the heat and the outcome of this game had led to a complete mental breakdown. In our notebook, Serena also wrote, "Yankees - pack of a-holes." So that should pretty much sum up our night.
Our next Yankees fan in question is James.
blog last season featuring his son, Aidan, who has awesome dance moves. Herv hates how Red Sox fans "flex their muscle when the score is 27-2 [World Series championships] over the last 100 years." He looks forward to this series. It's probably why he continues to stay in touch with his family members in Mass so that he can throw it in their faces when the Yankees win. Sounds very stable.
Our last Yankees fan is Lauren D. (with Curtis Granderson...which pretty much qualifies her as a Yankees fan):
Our "last" Red Sox fans interviewed really weren't last at all. Lauren works with Serena at her proper adult job and was nice enough to drag her husband, Sal into this nonsense. Lauren and Sal were technically the first fans interviewed since Serena talked to them before the game.
Across the board, most of our fans haven't had negative experiences with the opposing team's fans. Serena was starting to feel like she went to school in the Twilight Zone because thanks to her brief period at Emerson College, she had a lifetime of negative experiences with Red Sox fans. Only Lauren D. witnessed a man throw another man down a few rows of seats (which is absolutely terrifying) and Herv had a personal experience with a Red Sox fan. In Herv's case, his own cousin took his $109 Matsui jersey and threw it into a bucket of red paint because the Red Sox lost to the Yankees. His own family. So...that's a win. Lauren D. did make a good point about how the rivalry between the teams has changed over the last few years, which may have something to do with the positive responses we received from our fans. "During 2002-2009(ish), it seemed to me that the players really hated each other. AROD and Varitek got into it, Pedro Martinez and basically every Yankee got into it. That's when things were really intense. Now, it's still intense, but the players are more friendly." Derek Jeter needs to stop being the mayor and talking to everyone and their mother while he's standing in the infield, whether he's at short or on base. That's what that means. Stop asking the traveling gnome, Dustin Pedroia, how his wife and kids are. In fact, punch him in the d*ck. That'll make for great television and spice up the rivalry! : ) If the players aren't going to fight, we, as fans, aren't going to fight. We're all too nicey nice.
Most of the Red Sox fans didn't have a team they hated more than the Yankees, BUT both Zack and Kelly noted their disdain for the Miami Heat. Sal's reasoning is that "nothing compares to the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry. Biggest one in sports," Duke/UNC the only rivalry to come close (by the way, he hates Duke). Lauren was the happy go-lucky fan in the mix, saying she loved all baseball teams ("especially the ones with the cute players") because the "games are fun, the weather is great, the sport is a pastime. Having a team to love and support, even when they are losing is the best." On this subject, our Yankees fans were a different story. Derek hated the Patriots (it seems that the common theme is to hate other sports' teams more) and Herv hated both the Patriots and Celtics more, saying "if they lose, I have a good day. Funny how a team's success or lack thereof is tied to me having a good day, but I'm a sports nut." Both Sarah and Lauren D. said they hated the Mets more, but more for the fans than the team. As Sarah put it, "it's more of a rivalry within your own city and it's fun to have a friendly competition with your friends who are Mets fans." In all of our years being annoyed by a-holes during the Subway Series, this concept never dawned on us, so it was really interesting to hear this point of view. James hates the White Sox, so apparently he is Sox-prejudiced. He enjoys traveling to watch the Yankees play at other stadiums and he has never "experienced the venom that he received at the Cell [US Cellular Field]...some drunk chick White Sox fan tried to fight my mother." Who does that? Who picks a fight with someone's mother?
Everyone, except Herv seems to think their team is going to take this weekend's series. Herv feels that Buccholz is really tough and the Yankees offense has sucked recently. Kuroda would have to match him inning for inning in order for the Yankees to beat the Red Sox. Almost everyone seems confident that their team will take the division as well. Only James and Herv offered alternate options. James thinks the best team in the East is Tampa Bay, BUT still admitted that "the Replacement Yanks have performed and kept them in the race. I wouldn't be surprised if, as they get healthy, they find a way to win the East." Herv felt that if the Yankees didn't take the division, the Orioles would, saying that "I don't believe the Sox are as good as they seem right now."
Since everyone seems so nice to each other now, we weren't really able to dissect this rivalry too much either. We were hoping for some serious animosity and we didn't get it. Maybe we need a time machine to go back to the era Lauren D. referenced. There's a little bit of, "I grew up hating the Red Sox/Yankees," a little bit of, "the Yankees have too much money," and a dash of, "the Red Sox are delusional if they think they don't spend a crap ton of money too." That seems to be the crux of it.
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