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Boston Red Sox Fans

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Boston Red Sox Fans who Twitter

Add your Twitter handle, a little bit about your fanaticism and remember to add #redsox to your tweets about the reigning world champs. Use "project" as the key to edit the page.

 

@misskatiemo - I was born in NH, but grew up in NC.  My family is from the Boston area, so I grew up a Sox fan (and a Celtics fan, and a Bruins fan, etc).  I remember my grandmother calling late into the night/early morning after the Sox games, leaving messages on our answering machines with the score.  I was abroad in 2004, but stayed up to watch the series (yes, they showed it in England), and succeeded in waking up the entire house when the Red Sox won! 

 

@fairminder - I grew up in CA and never heard of the Boston Red Sox.  What a funny name, along with White Sox.  Then I moved to Boston in the 90's and continued to ignore them, unknowingly, of course.  I never read the sports pages either.  A collusion of events.  2004.  Need I say more.  Also, my kids participated in "Read Your Way to Fenway" at the BPL and won tickets every year since.  One kid even won a trophy.   I read the sports pages now, but only about the Red Sox. I know why Veritek has a "C" on his jersey and that Manny should run to first base.  The team spirit and individual personalities are fascinating.  Reading "Feeding the Monster" in a week certainly demonstrates my fanhood. ;)  Oh, and my grandfater was a huge Sox fan. 

 

@mojobaer - I showed up in Boston in September of '78. Just in time for the Boston Masscre. What an into to the Sox! But I was hooked, I lived in Kenmore Square and could hear the games I wasn't able to make from my apartment. Those were the days when you could get in for free after the 8th inning. I ended up getting season tix in Section 34 in the Bleachers in 1983 and still have 'em. I met my future wife in the Bleachers in 1987 and we were married in 1989. Our kids are serious Sox fans, although I'm a bit worried that they don't know the heartache that we know from the Sox. They think the Sox always know how to pull it out and win as they've watched over the past 5 years. Go Sox!

 

@jstorerj - My first memories of the hometown team go back to the '75 series, staying up too late, watching on a small b&w tv. I also spent many hours listening to the Sox either on a transistor radio in bed or with my grandparents in their cabin in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. I saw my first game with a group of kids from my neighborhood. We all piled into my neighbors VW bus (seatbelts be damned), stopped at Fresh Pond for a picnic lunch and then took in the game from the bleachers. The bleachers in the 70's were nothing like today. Tickets were a few dollars and there were plenty of open seats to chase after the stray homer. I've been a season ticket holder since 2001 - section 11 is my home away from home.

 

@astrout - I remember going to games at Fenway when the Sox sucked back in the 70's. The updside was we could always find good seats. Back then, Jim Rice, Yaz and Freddie Lynn were my idols (Dewey and Boomer too.)

 

@bmaleszyk - I'm a third generation Sox fan. My grandfather was born a year after the Sox won in 1918. He died the year before the curse was broken. His passion lives on through me.

 

@scottmonty - My first in-person game was in August of 1977, after winning tickets at a local auto parts store where Bill Lee (prior to his "Spaceman" years) was appearing. I remember driving up from CT with my dad, sitting in the grandstand and watching the Sox play the Kansas City Royals. Fred Lynn & Yaz were in the outfield, Jim Rice was DH, Louis Tiant was on the mound, Carlton Fisk was behind the plate, and George Scott was at 1st base. But even with greats like that, they still managed to lose 9-3.

 

@Bsimi Just moved to NYC ( I think I just puked in my mouth) and will miss opening day for the first time in 10 years. I was outside Fenway with my GF in '04 after the win and lost my hat, upon trying to ask the "Boston Storm Troopers" if they could get it for me they answered with a cloud of mace sending both of us to the hospital for the night. Best night ever in a hospital !!!

 

@adamcohen When I was 7 years old I had a screaming argument with my mom, acosting her for sitting inside my dad's company skybox at Fenway (almost 100 degrees outside) to watch the game on TV - I called her "un-American" and blamed the sox losing on her (I think a meaningless game against the Twins?). Ever since she's been banned from actually watching any Red Sox games, even on TV. Years later I'm not ashamed to admit I cried myself to sleep in 1986...when I found out she was watching game 7 in a different room in the house.Teleserye Strangely, now I'm worried my sons won't understand what we all have been through.

 

@BryanPerson My first game was in either 1981 or 1982. I was either 4 or 5 years old. My recollection is that the Red Sox beat the (then-called) California Angels in that contest, with Dave Stapleton hitting the game-winning home run. I can still remember the chills of walking into the stadium and seeing that huge field in front of me. That's a feeling I still get all these years later. There's just nothing like going to a baseball game. Another memory: In 1986, my father and I had gone over to Fenway Park on a Saturday morning to buy some tickets for an upcoming game (remember when you could still do that?). We were hanging around the players' parking lot, seeing who would be coming in. David Henderson came walking in and was really friendly, signing autographs for everyone. But then a a car with Roger Clemens and Rich Gedman blew right past us without stopping. I never really liked Roger Clemens again. Let the guy carry his own damn bags! A couple of unfortunately notable games I've attended: 1) Red Sox blew a 10-0 lead to the Toronto Blue Jays (I think they wound up losing in extra innings) 2) Red Sox' 24- or 25-game home winning streak is snapped (think that was in 1987 or 1988). I also hate leaving before the game is over. My father taught me to stay until the final out. We know what Yogi said ... and the beauty of baseball is that it never really is over until it's over.

 

@jackhodgson I'm definitely one of those fanatical Red Sox fans. As a kid growing up in the Boston area I was an avid Red Sox fan. I won't date myself except to say that Yaz was our hero back then. I drifted away from the game during my high school years. In the mid 90s, while living in California, I was visiting back here in Boston when a friend took me to a game at Fenway. We sat out in the bleachers and I instantly rediscovered my passion for the game and our team. I now call myself "a born-again baseball fan". I lived for 5 more years in California where I was a long-distance Red Sox fan, Teleseryea SF Giants fan, and a season ticket holder for the San Jose Giants single-A team. In 2000 I moved back to New England, telling people I did so in order to be able to watch every Red Sox game on TV, I was only half kidding.

 

@warrenss  The first game I saw at Fenway was in 83 when I came to BU. Although I followed the team forever, I didn't change my allegiance (from you know) until this year. Of course, living in Seattle, now I am a long-distance Sox fan.

 

@DmitriGunn I'm a first generation Red Sox fan having been raised in the South. My first game was during the summer of 1996 as a college freshmen while attending a fraternity sponsored rush event.  The Mariners had Randy Johnson pitching and it was a beautiful late August afternoon.  The game was a pitcher’s duel that went deep into the game before one of the teams; I can't remember which one, scored a run.  There were languid crowd waves circulating the ballpark, beach balls being batted around the bleachers and at one point we lowered a rope down to Lansdowne Street and pulled up a cooler of ice cold beer.  Great afternoon at Fenway and far different from any live sporting event I had ever attended.  As the years passed and being a relatively recent fan (tourist) meant I had no real appreciation for the rich heritage of agony that membership in Red Sox nation bestowed upon me.  Knowing the team had come close to ending the World Series Curse over the years was one thing, but actually experiencing the October, 16 2003 ALCS Game 7 meltdown was when I finally understood on a fundamental emotional level what it meant to be a Red Sox fan.  It was one of the low points of my life and that dark experience served to complete my transformation into a diehard fan.  My friends and family are all fairly new Red Sox fans now that the team is a perennial national contender, but I'm proud to have been there before we ended the 86 year drought. P.S. Yankees SUCK!

 

@JonDBishop I'm a third generation Red Sox fan from my dad's side of the family. Rest of the family are yankees fans from New York and Florida but my Sox hat never leaves my head, even during the family reunions where threats would leave me sleeping in the car.

Comments (5)

Anonymous said

at 3:57 pm on Mar 25, 2008

There should be a goal of the # of people to join this pack... any thoughts.

Anonymous said

at 8:02 pm on Mar 25, 2008

Let's shoot for 86 by the end of the year.

Adam Cohen said

at 9:59 pm on Mar 25, 2008

great idea, thanks again for setting this up.

Anonymous said

at 7:02 pm on May 4, 2008

We need to encourage more people to join this pack. Any ideas besides periodically tweeting the link?

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