You couldn't escape it this morning--the Boston Herald disgraced journalists everywhere by splashing a gory photo of Emerson College student Victoria Snellgrove as she lay dying on the ground outside Fenway following the Red Sox' win.
Obviously, it's not the Herald's fault that, as Dirt Dogs put it, "All the disgraceful trash, punks and thugs posing as "college students" who shamed Boston and Red Sox Nation...cost Victoria her life," but it was flat-out disgusting that a supposedly reputable major newspaper would pull such a blatant stunt for publicity. Even Star Magazine has more shame.
It's also disgusting that it would get to the point, no matter who's to blame, where Boston Police would feel they needed to shoot even supposedly non-lethal weapons (although this is also a matter up for debate) into a crowd of kids.
Add to that the fact that the photograph I had the misfortune to have shoved in my face by the Herald this morning shows the most tragic of all the tragic facts involved: the girl lies bloodied on the pavement completely alone but for one person standing over her that hasn't even bothered putting out their cigarette. This person, is touching her tentatively--no attempt to help her appears to be being made. Otherwise the idiots that had surrounded her moments before have scattered like the cockroaches they are.
Now it seems that the mayor may ban alcohol and close Fenway bars during the World Series. And so while given the loss of life this is least among the problems in this situation, all of Red Sox Nation will have their potential celebration compromised by the utter, indefensible idiocy of a few.
This casts a pall over what should be among the happiest days in our history. It sends a dark cloud looming over what should be a major, joyous event for the city. It's terrible karma for the city and its baseball team. It almost makes you wonder if we deserve a championship if we can't even celebrate a pennant like human beings.