Seeing Carl Crawford at Fenway Park will now be a familiar sight for Red Sox fans.
I briefly wrote about this yesterday, and find myself compelled to do so again today. A question fans are asking is if it's bad for baseball because the Red Sox aquired both Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez. My first reaction was, and still is, no, and really - who F^#%ing cares? I'm a Red Sox fan, and I want my ownership to do everything they can to make the team competitive today, tomorrow, and in the future. Maybe I truly am turning into a Sith Lord, but I could give a rats ass about the small market clubs and fans complaining about this.
54 percent of ESPN SportsNation viewers believe that Carl Crawford going to the Red Sox is bad for baseball. Not exactly overwhelming numbers, or the most scientific of avenues, but still, an interesting stat.
A lot of this is backlash from Mid-Western fans who got sick of the networks hyping of the Red Sox vs. Yankees rivalry over the past decade. News Flash - Red Sox and Yankee fans got just as sick of this hyping...no actually, we got MORE sick of this hyping then you Mid-West freaks. 10 out of 10 times I would rather watch a game on NESN than FOX, ESPN, or TBS. Trust me there. That's always been one of the more annoying aspect of the playoffs, you lose the announcers you've had for the whole season. But you know why the rivalry is so hyped up? Because there's NOTHING like it in American sports, it's been going on for over 100 years, and it makes more money than your rivalry. These networks don't have a East Coast bias you half breed Mid-West fools, they're bias towards making money, and the Red Sox vs. Yankees sells. I'm sorry, but Cubs vs. Cardinals doesn't carry the same amount of venom, from on the field to the stands, it's just not the same, you're all well.....too nice.
Also, what bugs the hell out of me with these Mid-West whiners is that they don't realize that us East Coast fans (Boston, New York, Philly) have to pay for acquisitions as much as the owners. It's exponentially more expensive to go to a Red Sox game than a game for a small market fans, because the demand is way higher for us, and because.....hold your breath now - we as Red Sox fans care more about our team. We talk about baseball on a year round basis, and even with the Pats and Celtics stealing headlines and thunder, the heart and soul of the city will always belong to the Red Sox. We buy more jerseys, we sell-out every game*, we write more blogs, we visit more websites, we just care more, and are more - and thankfully our owner is rewarding us with our emotional and monetary investment. A great performing ball-club obviously makes him more money, but I'd pay a little more for a ticket if that means we'll be winning today, tomorrow, and in the future.