Thursday, July 19, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Fennelly: No matter who wins the World Series, don't act like Red Sox fans

Either the Indians or Cubs are going to end decades and decades of misery tonight.

Really, it's one of the great must-see nights in baseball and sports history.

68 years vs. 108 years.

One of those numbers is coming down off the board.

I have no rooting interest. OK, I am sort of pulling for my friend Krup, a lifelong Cubs fan who I once saw break a small radio over his head at work because he was convinced St. Louis Cardinals announcer Jack Buck had purposely made a pop foul caught by Andy Van Slyke at Wrigley Field "sound tougher" than it really was, even though Krup was only listening, not watching. Oh, and it was June, I think.

Thirty years later, Krup says his head still hurts sometimes and he thinks it's from the radio. He lives in Arkansas and is about the best newspaper person I know. He's a great husband and father. And he has been through so much with the Cubs that he'd never strut. He won't believe it if the Cubs win tonight until two weeks into next season. Krup wouldn't dare be a sore winner. Too much risk.

Go, Krup, go.

Back to tonight. I wish both sets of fans well. And I offer some advice to the winners:

Grace. Dignity. Class.

In other words, don't act like Red Sox fans.

I admit it: I rooted for the Red Sox and their fans when they came back from 0-3 down to beat the Yankees and in the 2004 ALCS. The story was irresistible, and so was that team.

Most of all, I figured that Boston fans would relax if they won it all. Their angst would disappear. And they would finally shut up about the Curse of the Bambino.

Only they never shut up. They didn't after they ended their Series drought after 86 years. They didn't even after they won two more world championships, including their last one, their moving Boston Strong journey in 2013.

Red Sox fans remain insufferable. And it has spread to insufferable Patriots worship.

I'm not trying to shoehorn all Sox fans into one subset. I know and love some Sox fans. I love Fenway Park, too.

But Red Sox fans won't let up. They still talk about the Curse, though it is no more. They act as if they invented suffering. They flash it like a badge, all the while maintaining championship arrogance.

Here's hoping Cubs or Indians fans observe better post-curse behavior.

I only wish I could watch Game 7 with Krup.

You know, on the radio.

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