|Posted by redsoxcollector on October 15, 2009 at 6:35 PM|
I have been a Red Sox fan for half a century. It was pretty tough for an awful lot of those years, and I will admit that while my loyalty never disappeared, it did have peaks and valleys. But, through all those years, one thing remained. The one thing that defines true Red Sox fans - my unwavering hatred of the Evil Empire, the New York Yankees. I never once gave in to the idea that the Stankees were anything but a blemish on the otherwise pristine face of baseball.
This year, the Yank-me's swept the Twins (big deal) while we were getting swept by the Halos. It wasn't just Pap's fault, we couldn't hit our hats off in Anaheim. Pap's failure to keep things rolling was just a continuation of our misadventures. Case closed.
But, though we are out of the running and once again "waiting till next year", there is a bigger reason to root against the Bums From the Bronx than a mere century long rivalry unmatched anywhere in any sport. There is a bigger reason for Hank's daddy's team to fail in pursuit of the ring than mere satisfaction to the millions in Red Sox Nation.
Only one player in baseball history has played for both Red Sox and Ying-Yank world champions. Only one, and he is the most immortal player to ever take the field or step to the plate. He is George Herman "Babe" Ruth, the man who incredibly set dozens of records in his time, not only as a hitter but as a pitcher. The man who set those records without steroids and human growth hormones, just beer and hot dogs (and lots of both). The Bambino, the standard by which all baseball players would come to be judged, even decades after his retirement.
However, should the championship that George and Junior have been trying to buy for so long come to fruition, the Babe's special distinction would be destroyed. There would be a second player to earn that special distinction. A man who sold his "love" of the Red Sox down the river and cut his hair to join the Dark Side. Johnny Damon. Johnny Damon. Johnny Damon would have the same distinction as the Sultan of Swat.
The Yankees CAN NOT win the World Series. Not this year. That would just be wrong on so many levels.