In the "Ding Dong..." thread tankerraid, who was at the game last night, commented on A's/RedSox fan relations, mentioning at one point his friend said, "You tolerate us, we'll tolerate you"... yeah- try that line at Fenway sometime when the Red Sox are playing the Athletics. And I'll safely wager he's never tried that line in Yankee Stadium, either.
However sarcastic that sounds my tendency is to support the idea of toleration of fans of the other team. I am happy that my friends (who are true, long-suffering RedSox fans) finally have a WS victory to celebrate. I am , however, still very pissed we didn't beat them in '03 and I harbour a DEEP resentment about that.
I was at last night's game (YEAHHH!), and I must say I witnessed all kinds of fan behaviour among the Red Sox and A's faithful, ranging from benign to awful. Most RedSox fans are perfectly OK people, whose personalities I generally like. Walking on the concourse last night a little (mislead) girl's Bosox cap flew off, and a grown up Boston fan picked it up and said, "Heah yah ahh" in a totally fake Boston accent. It made me want to "vomit in my mouth", but I endured. Disgusting but benign.
There was some gloating early in the game by Bozox fans (I intensely dislike gloating by any visiting fans, and especially Red Sox fans- there are just too many of them!). Obnoxious.
But equally obnoxious are our own fans who feel they must gloat and spout ugly expletives. You think I'll bring my four year old daughter to a game where fans are yelling "Boston Sucks" and other vulgarities? Hell no! (I am aware of the disingenuous sound of that but you are all adults and can take it). But, basically, can't we be more creative in our sloganeering at the ball park? Does anybody have anything better than "Boston Sucks"(which everyone knows isn't even true any more)? And can't we be more tolerant as well... after all there would be no baseball without the other teams.