Long Weekend

I am off for a long weekend of golf and Sox-Yanks viewing, in the (relatively) friendly territory of western Massachusetts. I always wondered why a college friend of mine, the erudite Bombers fan and author Mike DeMarco (he of Dugout Days and Ain’t No Sense Worryin’: The Wit and Wisdom of Mickey Rivers), grew up in Adams Massachusetts loving the enemy.

Realistically, nothing but 2 of 3 from the Os and a sweep of the Yanks will help in the division race. However, 4 of the next 6 is what is needed to keep afloat in the Wild Card standings, the real pot of gold. Here’s hoping Theo makes a move to shore up a weary bullpen, and Trot Nixon finds his way back a la Nomar. Hit’em far, guys, and stay down on those grounders.

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  • A reponse, from Mike Demarco himself:
    The answer to your question is actually quite interesting and less random than it might appear: North Adams and Pittsfield were both very Italian small cities, and still are today, though to a lesser degree than when they were “industrial” towns. You have probably read of how dimaggio, crossetti, rizzuto, lazzeri, berra, martin, silvera, etc. represented some of the first Italian-American heroes in the mid part of the first half of the 20th century. Thus, being very Italian, much of those two towns were Yankee rooters. That, and the semi equi-distance to NYC and Boston, combine to split the area and actually make it a location where the rivalry is particularly fun to witness.
    About 15 years ago, Ed Linn wrote a book called “The Great Rivalry” about Yanks/Sox. He actually discusses the Western Mass phenonmenon in the book, which I found to be pretty cool at the time.

    SF July 21, 2004, 11:25 am
  • Oddly enough, YF has just returned from said Western Mass area, and a weekend of NESN viewing. What a curious comparison that station makes with YES. Both are basically franchise-owned, but while YES is utterly jingoistic, the glass always seems to be half empty on NESN. You’d figure the company line might be just a bit more optimistic. Bob Tewksbury—a former ballplayer whose performance did not always match expectations—seemed awfully unsympathetic when reviewing the tribulations of certain players. And then there was that segment with the “fan” in his barcalounger spewing invective: “Trade Nomah now. Fahr a new bat rack.”
    And listening to WEEI on the drive home—I’ll say this: it takes some kind of hubris for a Boston broadcaster to call himself “The Big O.”
    Getting back to Mr. DeMarco’s comment, let me just note here for the record that Mr. Linn was also coauthor of the classic “Veeck as in Wreck”—required reading to be sure.

    YF July 21, 2004, 12:33 pm
  • The “Big O” is a fraud, always has been. He’s our Stirling. My conscience is clean.
    As for NESN, I wouldn’t say “half-full” on the glass, more like “honest”. There aren’t many better than Mr. Remy.

    SF July 21, 2004, 1:02 pm

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