As we all know by now, Hank Steinbrenner — a.k.a. Vinny From the Bronx — thinks Red Sox Nation was created by ESPN, which by the way is totally biased for the Red Sox, and that the Yankees rule the universe.
As we also all know, Steinbrenner is a bit fuzzy on the true origins of the Nation concept (the name is more than 20 years old, was created by a Boston Globe writer, and derives from the Royal Rooters, who predate the existence of the Yankees themselves). But John Henry is giving him the opportunity to learn all about it.
“I’m a big Hank fan,” wrote Henry in an e-mail. “Just to ensure he knows how cool Red Sox Nation is, (Saturday) we officially inducted him as a member of Red Sox Nation and we are sending him his membership card giving him access to an array of options including our newsletter, bumper stickers, pins, Green Monster seats and a hat personally autographed by David Ortiz.”
I’m completely opposed to the Red Sox’ officializing of Red Sox Nation (I was hoping it would go away with Charles Steinberg). I grew up using the term, and I didn’t need a membership card to do so. But you gotta give Henry his props for putting this silly argument in its proper perspective.
It’s pretty clear based on the tenor of the comments by the clubs’ owners — Steinbrenner’s angry whining and false bravado versus Henry’s calm, humorous response — which team is on top, and which team isn’t.