Finally! I've been checking Page 2 for weeks now waiting to see where Boston would make the list of the "Top 15 Most Tortured Sports Cities."
I don't know why, but this was important to me. It was with a strange blend of narcissism and self-loathing that I checked the list, wanting to see Boston appear, and yet not wanting to see Boston appear. Wanting our due sympathy from the rest of the sports world for the continued agony over Buckner, yet not wanting their pity.
Finally, today they came in at No. 5. Both sides of me at once shouted What?!?!
But Bill Simmons, who has got to be the funniest sportswriter ever (and guess who gets him for their "Misery" column? Ironic, eh?), set me straight:
Pedro may not have finished the job last year, but he's been great to watch over the years. I know, I know ... Boston only makes this list because of the Red Sox. And yes, I'm the same guy who started out a column the following way:
"Twenty minutes after the Yankees eliminated the Sox, I called my father to make sure he was still alive. And that's not even a joke. I wanted to make sure Dad wasn't dead. That's what it feels like to be a Red Sox fan. You make phone calls thinking to yourself, 'Hopefully, my Dad picks up, because there's at least a 5-percent chance that the Red Sox just killed him.' "
Exaggerated? Absolutely not.
Am I happy to be a Red Sox fan? Absolutely.
Amen to that, my brother.
But anyway, here's The Top 10 Tortured Boston Sports Moments. You know. Just in case you're curious.