200 Miles From the Citi

November 5, 2009 9:44 PM


Yankees_Win.JPGI hate to put a damper on things, but I'm going to try.

I'm getting a little tired of watching everyone else have such a great time while I'm stuck watching from the sidelines.

If it's not the locals here in Boston celebrating with the Red Sox, Patriots, or Celtics, it's the Yankees or the Giants fans I'm acquainted with.

And if it's not people I'm directly connected with, it's the Philadelphia Phillies, who I've come to strongly dislike these past few years.

You see, when I moved to the Boston area in 1996 (for college then, permanently in 1999), things were pretty tame.  The Patriots were just as bad as the Jets, the Red Sox had gone 80 years or so without winning a championship, and the Celtics and Bruins were a waste of everyone's time.

It was so unthinkable for one of the local teams to win anything that I got all caught up in the Yankees' 1996 championship just to see how everyone would react.  Plus they were playing the hated Braves.  That got old quick when the Yankees won three of the next four championships, of course the last one coming aganst the Mets.

Somehow, the Patriots became unbeatable around the same time the Jets knocked Drew Bledsoe out of the starting lineup, and they had a run of success that had no precedent (under the leadership of the Jets' "HC" for a day, no less).  The Red Sox started appearing in the playoffs every year, and I started enjoying their failures there and pointing to exact moments when I could tell there really might just be an actual curse.  This made the Mets' drop to mediocrity (or worse) after that 2000 World Series appearance a bit more tolerable, as well as the Jets' inferiority to the new AFC East powerhouse.

And then came 2004.  Marching bands showed up playing "The World Turned Upside Down"...the Red Sox won a world championship.  Success was all around me, and I had not a drop to drink.  Until 2006.  The Mets were rolling to a world championship...until they weren't.  A would-be dynasty turned into three straight heartbreaking seasons, followed by a tremendous disappointment this past year.

There to rub salt in the wound?  The 2007 world champion Red Sox.  The 2008 world champion Phillies.  And now the 2009 world champion New York Yankees.

Last year I thought maybe the Phillies' championship might motivate the Mets - opening their new park, coming off two straight collapses in which they should have felt they deserved the division championship....but I know better this year than to think they'll be feeling overshadowed by their crosstown rivals.

So here we are.  My Yankees friends can celebrate.  My Red Sox friends and neighbors, while still bothered by this most recent Yankees' win, are much less bothered when they think about their two world championships in the past half a dozen years.  While I root for the Jets to do anything better than .500 I am surrounded by Patriots and Giants fans who have celebrated often this past decade and are both probably going to make the playoffs again this year.  And what do I have to look forward to in the 2010 baseball season but more of the same I'm sure from the Mets, plus a new dominant team in the National League that resides in the Mets' own division.

So go ahead and celebrate, Yankees fans.  Don't worry about lttle old me.  I'll just be the one sitting over here hoping it rains on your parade.

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