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The Smallest Nation

Who? Janice. What? New die hard, no scars. Evidence of Delusion? She looked like she was 12, but she was running a burger joint.

The Yanks have had a wonderful two weeks. Ten wins and three losses, under normal circumstances, might have spring boarded them into first place with a few games to spare. But these are not normal circumstances, and the Red Sox have only ceded a small part of their lead during the Yanks hot streak. Nevertheless, Boston fans get sense New York is for real.

Janice was the first person that was offended by my hat. “I’d wish you a nice day, but you wore a Yankee hat into my store,” she said without a trace of ribbing. I gave her a hard stare for a second to make sure I wasn’t misreading her anger. “If I had seen you order, I would have had them spit in it.”

This was the mother load of anti-Yankee sentiment. All rolled up in a cute little college student wearing a paper hat. She wasn’t even alive to see the ball roll through Buckner’s legs. The only would she’s ever taken was fully healed the following year.

With the standings tight and the Yanks coming to Fenway, I thought there would be a lot more of Janice. But most everyone here is just fantastic. Great baseball fans who don’t give a hoot about the Yanks anymore than any first place team should worry about the second place team.

Yankee Snark: “Good luck this weekend, Janice. And by the way, you burgers are lousy.”

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1 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:26 am

Heh, you're right, Jon, there are far fewer Janices than there used to be in the smallest nation.

But what's this?

and the Red Sox have only ceded a small part of their lead during the Yanks hot streak.

By what standard can all be considered a small part??

2 William J.   ~  Aug 5, 2011 9:36 am

I was working in Boston when the Yankees acquired Roger Clemens. Just after the trade, I went to a Bruins game, and at some point, walked to the concession for a beer. After I handed the cashier my NY license, he paused for a moment, handed it back and said something to the effect of "I don't sell beer to people from New York". At first I smiled, thinking he was joking, but then he followed up with, "You have Roger Clemens. You don't need a beer."

He was exactly right.

3 Raf   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:18 am

I can dig ribbing between fans, but don't make it personal. There's always a line to be respected.

4 RagingTartabull   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:21 am


Then Lucchino said, "We don't spend money on free agents with any sort of frequency or regularity the way some East teams do. We rely primarily on homegrown players and the players we trade for."

ohmygod, ohmygod...must breathe. HAHAHAHAHAHA

5 Jon DeRosa   ~  Aug 5, 2011 10:24 am

[1] this was a few days ago when the yanks has only chipped one game off the lead.

6 RIYank   ~  Aug 5, 2011 11:14 am

[5] Oh! The "ten wins and three losses" is what threw me, since that's exactly their record in the past two weeks.

Hm, the pitchers for the series don't match up quite the way I would have liked. Sabathia against Lackey, we'd better win that one! Lester-Colon, Beckett-Garcia. The last favors Boston, for sure, and the other favors them a bit, I'd say. It would be very cool to snag the first game tonight against Lester.

7 Sliced Bread   ~  Aug 5, 2011 11:28 am

I'm just hoping the Yankee hitters use that miserable little bandbox to their advantage this weekend.

As for fans like Janice, they really are the bottom of the barrel. Rude spiteful little thing wasn't raised to be respectful, and lacks the social graces, or brain capacity to exhibit a sense of humor. Probably on her way to becoming a useless person, regardless of her affiliation. Pity the fool.

8 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Aug 5, 2011 12:00 pm

[7] That's one cold laser of truth for Janice.

Since the Sox won the WS twice in recent history, RSN no longer has an identity as the snake bit foil of the AL. They're just fans of a contender. They no longer know humility just hubris. And that brings out the worst in them.

I see enough Boston hats around here...I don't see the venom displayed to them like Janice to you. Boston is a nice small town. If it wasn't for the universities attracting people from all over the world, it would be Cleveland with chowder. Go to South Boston, you'll see what I'm saying.

9 Bama Yankee   ~  Aug 5, 2011 12:08 pm

Down here in Alabama, obviously the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry doesn't carry much weight (people are much to absorbed with the Alabama-Auburn rivalry to even think about a baseball rivalry). But every now and then when I'm out in public with my Yankee cap on I will get some strange looks (mostly from Braves fans who still haven't recovered from those two Serious spankings). Sometimes I will even see someone in a Boston cap and they give me that look that tells me they are thinking "Yankees suck!". I usually just give them a big smile which is my way of saying "We don't worry about you guys near as much as you guys worry about us..." But recently I actually ran into a guy who really "took the cake"...the first thing I noticed was his Sox cap (and his smug look, which he had obviously been practicing since 2004 and had just about gotten it down pat). Then I looked down at his ugly bright orange t-shirt...it said in big blue letters: "AUBURN TIGERS". I thought I had just stepped into a sports "Bizarro World".

10 Sliced Bread   ~  Aug 5, 2011 12:39 pm

[8] I guess I was a little harsh on poor Janice. I posted that before lunch when the threat of someone spitting on my burger seemed like the most hostile gesture I could think of.

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