I like the word "antipathy." It’s one of those that means exactly like it sounds. Along with having the prefix of "anti-," the second syllable almost requires one to spit to say it — an appropriate reaction, perhaps, when one runs across a person for whom one has antipathy, or a "strong or deep-seated dislike."
It accurately captures my sentiments toward the Tampa Bay Rays (we’ve discussed this before), as well as the Boston Red Sox right now. I’m not impressed by this team, losers of three straight, all by one run. The bullpen is crap. The offense seems unable to produce a timely hit. The starters haven’t been bad, but they haven’t exactly been good either. If you go down to Tampa and score four runs in a game started by James Shields, you must find a way to win. Instead, the Red Sox found a way to lose.
So I’m frustrated. A little angry. I’m not really enjoying this team very much at the moment. A synonym for "antipathy" is "aversion," a good word for how I feel when I think about watching tonight’s game, with Tim Wakefield against Matt Garza. Yes, the Sox could win this series and be in first place. But it just doesn’t feel like that’s going to happen. The only feeling I have is one of antipathy toward a team that should be doing far better than it is (11-9 over its last 20).
Maybe this stream-of-consciousness flow of negativity has some reverse jinx power to it. To find out, comment away…