Something occurred to me while visiting Fenway Park recently. After one of their three losses to the Braves a few weeks back, the inevitable cadre of dealers were outside the stadium selling "Yankees Suck" T-shirts of every possible permutation. The Yankees have become the scapegoats for everything bad that has ever happened to the Red Sox and their fans and it is beginning to border on obsession.
Is there anything to that? How much of the misery of Red Sox Nation can be traced to the New York baseball team? Can we assign a percentage to it?
What percentage of the Boston fan's misery can we assign to the existence of the Yankees? 10 percent? 25? 50? 90?
If it's anything over 50, then, frankly, those bootleg T-shirts shouldn't read "Yankees Suck." They should read:
MY LIFE SUCKS BECAUSE THE YANKEES ARE GREAT
Two more thoughts on the Yankees Suck T-shirts: are sales brisker after a Red Sox loss than after a victory? Logic would dictate that they would be, if the scapegoating theory is a solid one. And, as you know, Monday is the tribute to Ted Williams. Will there be any dealers selling a special T-shirt for the occasion that reads:
R.I.P.: TEDDY BALLGAME
P.S.: YANKEES SUCK