Tuesday, October 23, 2007

On Red Sox Fans and the Lachrymose View of Jewish History

Over the years, the Jewish people have had a pretty rough time. From the blood libel of pre-modern Europe, to the Crusades, back to the Romans (and Greeks) not to mention the Spanish and Italians during the Inquisition. From Biblical times to modernity, Jewish history has been laden with examples that could make a Jew cry. The reading of our history is indeed sad and full of dismay. However things have been looking up for nearly half a century. While not prefect, it is pretty good to be a Jew in this day in age.

The same could be said about the Red Sox history. 89 years ago could have been called the high Temple period of the Red Sox nation. Winning five World Series titles during what Wikipedia calls the "golden age" (fitting) of the Red Sox and then they went silent. Winning a few things here and there, they never were quite able to make it all the way back to their glory days. But then in 2003, game 7 of the ALCS down to the last outs there was a glimmer of hope; it was destroyed by a knuckleball that didn't knuckle. That was that. Over. Once again tears. Yet Zion awaits just a year later, complete with miraculous events and power never seen before. The Red Sox beat the Yankees in Game Seven after being down 3-0 in the ALCS. It was like Ha'tikvah was translated into English and to be preformed by the Dropkick Murphys. It was unreal! Oh yeah then they beat the Cardinals.

So after almost a century of Baseball troubles, the Red Sox have come into the holy land. Things weren't prefect in 2005 or 2006, but things look good this year. It is hard for us Red Sox fans to understand that we can win and make it all the way. Just like Jews who still believe we are marching to our end every time something happens, Red Sox fans thought it was all over after this year's Game Two of the ALCS. I know I did. I know my dad did. We started talking about Spring Training.

We however, never gave up hope. Just like Jews, Red Sox fans will talk a really big nasty game, but will never give up all hope. Jews have Woody Allen, Red Sox fans have, well all of us. With this in mind, I say this: I am going to Game One of the World Series; the second World Series the Red Sox have been in in three years. Both as a Jew and a Red Sox fan, I am so happy, but so scared that they are going to blow the entire thing!

But I still have hope!


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