Interesting to me how Yankees fans can think nothing of their changing feelings about Pedro now that he's out of a Red Sox uniform, but Red Sox fans' changing feelings about Johnny Damon (and subsequent gestures when he made his appearance) are somehow incomprehensible.
Interesting to me the sanctimoniousness that has come to the fore in the wake of "Boogate", especially from people on the anti-boo side, whether fans of the Red Sox and Yankees, or, most notably for me, Joe Torre, whose remarks after the "incident" infuriated me to no end (and normally I respect him probably more than anyone in the entire Yankees franchise):
"Evidently, wearing a Yankee uniform overrides winning a World Series and busting your tail for four years."
Especially when you consider--and seriously, this wasn't something I even remembered on my own, it was pointed out by another commenter over at YFSF as this debate raged on, making me slap my own forehead for not remembering--that wearing a Red Sox uniform overrode winning a World Series (with the vaunted 1998 team, no less) and busting his tail for years when it came to David Wells last season during his first start for the Red Sox. It also apparently overrode the most recent perfect game in Yankees history, too.
But nobody brought that up. Not till very, very late in the discussions--at least the ones I saw.
When it comes to the original "boo" debate, mostly, I'm with Andrew from 12Eight when he wrote at FB of the AL, essentially, who the fuck cares? A ballplayer got booed. It's not like they threw hand grenades or rocks at the guy.
Which is another reason why I didn't really post much of a followup or post my position in the aftermath as the debate raged on, because I agreed with Soxaholix also that "not another pixel" should be wasted on it.
But I have to say, whether you believe Sox fans should've booed Johnny Damon or not, what's leaving a bad taste in my mouth right now is that there appears to be a double standard when it comes to the Red Sox and the Yankees--and more to the point, Red Sox and Yankees fans, and hw they should and shouldn't act.
It appears to me that despite the way the competitive picture has changed in this century, the Yankees and even many Red Sox fans simply can't adjust to the end of the Red Sox / Yankees hegemony that we all grew so used to prior to 2004. It appears that Yankees fans booing Boomer is all in good fun, boys will be boys, after all--but the Red Sox booing Johnny Damon because of their feelings about his change of laundry is apparently a sign that all Sox fans are (that bugaboo word again) classless, and stupid, if not an outright crime against humanity. It seems that those in New York and even many in our own media insist on looking at us still as the unwashed, peabrained losers--most of all, losers.
Culturally and emotionally speaking, we're still supposed to be the losers, they're the winners, and so if they want to boo one of their former World Series winners, well, they have the wealth of riches that allow for such a thing. They have the privelege to do it. We, on the other hand, should be so grateful for our single World Series win--should be so reverent towards it and should go on the assumption it's the only one we'll ever have--that booing a ballplayer there would never have been a question of booing in the past is now the cause for this raucous debate.
Worse, the longer the debate went on, the more it started to feel like the Yankees and their fans have reframed the '04 defeat not as a crushing loss at the hands of a Red Sox team that was simply better than their team but as almost a gift to Red Sox fans--as if the only reason we won, ridiculously, was because they felt sorry enough for us. Now that they've bought Johnny Damon, they are aghast at our ingratitude--not just for what he gave us but for what they, apparently, gave us.
It seems from my perspective, the longer "boogate" went on, the longer people kept poking at Red Sox fans and complaining about it and making little snide comments and snotty generalizations about it, that Yankees culture has simply reframed 2004 in this condescending manner, and that boogate is the result. I have to hand it to them--if this is truly where it's coming from, it is an adept rationalization for the worst choke in baseball history (un-PC as it is for me to bring that up again, of course).
But it really makes me hope Josh Beckett goes out and reenacts 2003's Game 6 tonight. It also makes me hope that the uber classy calls to plunk Papi actually come to fruition, so we can see him go into raging-grizzly-bear mode, charge the mound, and snap Randy Johnson in half like the brittle twig he is.
It's on, suckaz. 7 pm tonight in the Bronx.