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Sports fans of the world: I get it - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
fernwithy
Sports fans of the world: I get it
Wow. If you're not in Boston, I'm not sure you can understand Boston tonight. After my evening shift at work, I went to the Uno's across the street to watch the game with other people. Not being stupid enough to try and catch the subway anywhere NEAR Fenway Park, I walked a couple of miles (yes, on my bad ankle, I don't care tonight) to a downtown station.

Now, I haven't checked the news yet, and I'm sure when I do, I'll find reports of riots and fires and suchlike. But where I was, for those two miles, it was the totally positive side of tribalism. Even as I'm writing, two hours later, people are still honking their horns going down the street in a far-flung corner of the city.

Just some experiences:

  • A woman I don't know, have never seen before, and will never see again, high-fived me on the Common.
  • People who had never met shouted across the street to one another.
  • People cheered the arrival of the subway. No, I'm not kidding. It was a fairly huge cheer, too.
  • Halfway to Fenway Park, the constant chant of "Way to go, Red Sox!" changed to "Let's go Patriots!" (Obviously, I can't be unambiguous on that one. They compete with the Bills. Although, er... I don't think it will be an issue this year.)
  • Men on the sidewalk were jumping up and down and doing chest butts; women were high fiving, mostly, I think, because chest butts are painful for women.
  • The T was so crowded that I had to breathe shallowly, but everyone cheered for at least six stops.
  • The Uni-Uni church at Arlington and Boylston was playing "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" on the bell tower, which I would normally find offensive as a mixing of secular and sacred, but in the context was just the religious community taking part in the city's happiness. People standing near the Arlington T-stop stopped to sing along with the bells. (I'm a little more mixed on the church on Washington St. that has affixed a "Believe" sign--this year's Sox motto--to its sermon announcement board, but hey... I guess churches and so on can't argue with the concept of rooting for a team whose motto has been, in fact, "Believe.")
  • I passed a group of goths who were all smiling and laughing.
  • I was walking by myself and stopped to laugh, open my arms, and kiss the sky. And no one stopped to say, "Er, do you need me to call someone, Miss?" Because everyone felt the same.


They also, for the record, cheered the Nike ad with all the passing years.

Anyway, that's to explain why I'm late with Shifts. I scribbled the beginning of the next scene in commercials, so I should be able to get it there tonight.

Thinking of writing, hey--am I wrong in remember that this was the season Stephen King was chronicling they of the scarlet hosiery? What a year to choose, plot-wise!

EDIT: For various reasons, I do wish the Bambino had cursed us in 1917 instead of 1918, so it would be 87 years for the SOX, but I'm not going to argue. Nor am I going to explain.
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sonetka From: sonetka Date: October 27th, 2004 10:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congrats! I can imagine what it's like (no, seriously - I remember when the Bulls were winning in the mid-90s. Pande-frickin-monium). Enjoy the rush. Savour it slowly. This will be one of those things you can retreat to later on when you need a really good memory. (Hmmm...I wonder if this is the kind of memory that would produce a good Patronus?)

Oh - and do you think there's any way that Stephen King could write about the Cubs season in '05? Please? It's appropriate, now that I think about it, that he would know a thing or two about breaking curses :).
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 27th, 2004 11:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
He did all right by Boston, but he's a dyed-in-the-wool New Englander, right to his Red Sox-fan bones, so he might not work for Chicago. Although, hey... still Sox, right?

FWIW, unless the Bosox do it again, I'm all about rooting for the Chisox next year. The Babe and the Billy Goat can go back to playing a nice game of parcheesi in the sky.
sonetka From: sonetka Date: October 27th, 2004 11:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry - I meant the Cubs, not the White Sox (though the White Sox haven't won since 1917, they don't seem to have a Curse Object like the goat or the Babe; possibly because they threw the World Series to the Reds in 1919, they seem to be their own curse). I'll concede that the White Sox are due soon, but since the Cubs haven't won since 1908, I think the Cubs are due first.

And I take your point about King being very New England. Still, couldn't hurt to try, though :). I can't think of a Chicago-based writer who could match King in quite the same way, alas.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 27th, 2004 11:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, right. I know that. It's the Cubbies who are cursed. Either way, I'm all about rooting for them (as long as it's not, you know, a conflict of interest ;)). Must remember to watch from the side of Uno's with lower seats, if I want to make sense.
sonetka From: sonetka Date: October 27th, 2004 11:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Let's see......it looks like the Cubs and Red Sox are playing just one three-game series in June. I think we can stay amicable for three games :).
prettyveela From: prettyveela Date: October 27th, 2004 11:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
For various reasons, I do wish the Bambino had cursed us in 1917 instead of 1918, so it would be 87 years for the SOX, but I'm not going to argue. Nor am I going to explain.

Heh, I know one reason for the 87! :XXXX
buongiornodaisy From: buongiornodaisy Date: October 27th, 2004 11:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I would have loved to have been in Boston today, but I'm content celebrating with you here in Maryland. ;)
leelastarsky From: leelastarsky Date: October 27th, 2004 11:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, yes. We had a similar experience Down here back in...what was it? '83? '84? When Australia won the America's Cup. :~P And our then PM declared the day an unofficial Public Holiday and exuberantly told the Nation that "any boss who sacked an employee for not turning up to work today was a bum!" :~D
But there was all that jubilant sign language between cars and back-slapping between complete strangers.

It was totally cool. :~D
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 27th, 2004 11:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's wild. A bunch of people were also saying, "Aw, come on... cancel work tomorrow!"

I'm sure they will for the parade--people will skip anyway--but my work is along the normal parade route, so even people who have the day off will come in.
From: hobviously Date: October 27th, 2004 11:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wish I was there. ::loves Boston::
versinae From: versinae Date: October 27th, 2004 11:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aww, that makes me wish I was back home to see it!
silverhill From: silverhill Date: October 28th, 2004 12:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I would've loved to have been in Boston tonight.

As it was (here in Vermont), thing were pretty exciting. Large mob of people shouting and screaming in downtown Burlington (and apparently girls flashing, though I didn't see that). There were a lot of police after college students caused several thousand dollars worth of damage at the university (tearing down light poles, etc.) after the ALCS win. So it was exciting with lots of positive energy, but nothing too crazy.


... Now if only my Cubbies could break their curse, too. (Red Sox are my second favorite team, after the Chicago Cubs.)
ladylisse From: ladylisse Date: October 28th, 2004 12:21 am (UTC) (Link)
As a Cubs fan, I'm absolutely thrilled for you guys. The group of girls watching in my dorm just about brought the roof down screaming. SOX SOX SOX :D :D
rabidsamfan From: rabidsamfan Date: October 28th, 2004 12:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow, you were out in all that tonight? I'm impressed. I just watched on TV, but there were firecrackers and rockets going off in Eastie, and some horns, even down here in this quiet corner of the neighborhood. My sister called from Denver too, to say that they'd all been rooting for the Sox.

I felt kind of sorry for the manager of the Cardinals in the interview in the post-game show. He looked like he'd just watched his car get flattened by a train.

The post game show was as stupid as those things usually are, but the ending montage was neat. They had clips of great Boston ballplayers and games all through the years.
From: arclevel Date: October 28th, 2004 12:53 am (UTC) (Link)
When the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup in 1997, metro Detroit went crazy. I wasn't going anywhere *near* a population center, but people were standing on their front lawns screaming. The victory parade was a few days later, on a Tuesday. It happened to be final exam week at my high school. I think anyone like me, lucky enough not to have exams that day -- plus a couple who weren't -- was downtown for the parade, and that was pretty close to what you're describing, despite having had a few days to wear off. The next year they won again, and my marching band was in the parade. On the bus ride home, we were doing the whole "raise the Cup" thing to every single passing car, and most of them were doing it back and honking and stuff.

It's a fun time. Have fun. :-)

And congratulations, Red Sox. :-D
cheshyre From: cheshyre Date: October 28th, 2004 05:37 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't know your reasons, but I rather like tyg's suggestion that we're "86ing the Curse"
ivylore From: ivylore Date: October 28th, 2004 05:57 am (UTC) (Link)
OH! Thanks for the descriptions. I was up late watching it all in Nova Scotia, wishing I was with all of my family members in the area celebrating. I'm soooo happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Did you hear about the Chicago Cub's curse? (Don't know if you remember last year when they were carrying tales of it during the playoffs). They haven't won since the 1908.

But that's not all...

No team that has three or more ex-Cub player's ever wins the World Series. This year the Cardinals had three and Boston only had two. Last year the Yankees had three and the Marlin's had two. It's very odd.

I did think something magical wash occuring during the game with that eclipse. :)
minoukatze From: minoukatze Date: October 28th, 2004 06:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Baltimore was really high-spirited when our oft-maligned Ravens won the Super Bowl a few years back (after years of struggles to regain a football team after the Colts were stolen from us), so I have an idea:) Congrats to you guys!! I'm glad the curse is broken.
mincot From: mincot Date: October 28th, 2004 09:39 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm afraid I haven't a clue--I assume the Red Socks are a (cursed?) sports team of some sort--but it sounds like a really wonderful experience; anything positive that gets people working together is a Good Thing.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 28th, 2004 10:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Ha, yes. The Red Sox are our baseball team. In 1918 (I think), they traded Babe Ruth to the Yankees for some peurile reason, and until last night, they hadn't won a world series since. The Curse of the Bambino. Every year, our motto has been "Reverse the Curse"--what will be our motto next year? "Eighty-six years to make up for"?
volandum From: volandum Date: October 28th, 2004 01:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
This might be the wrong place to post it, but on your Shifts chapter-listing page the link to Works in Progress (http://www.humongousbighead.homestead.com/wips.html) appears to go to a not-very-helpful dead end.
straussmonster From: straussmonster Date: October 29th, 2004 12:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can't be too bitter, really, but...oh, what the hell, I'm bummed. Says this long, long time Cardinals fan. We're such nice people. We understand baseball so well. And all the articles on us in the New York Times were like "Are these people really real?" with that incessant tone of East Coast cynicism.

Excuse me, I'm going to go sniffle in my beer. :)

(and I friended you because I always read and enjoy your journal and finally got around to doing it...)
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