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Uh-oh! Hot button topic on the horizon! Let the record show that I am not aiming this rant at every female Red Sox fan. The demographic that I am taking a no holds barred, blatant shot at are the females who root for the Red Sox, but are not full-blooded fans. Yes, you may have an interest in our boys because they are the hometown team, but that certainly does not mean you are an actual fan.
I realize that Boston is one of the biggest, if not the biggest sports city in the country and female fans feel the need to hop on the bandwagon and root root for the home team. It is one thing to have a casual interest in the Red Sox, but then you have the ones who will claim to be devoted, life-long fans who have been backing their team for years and years. This is what angers the hell out of me.
The “pink hats” and uneducated female “fans” need to be stopped. Most women who cheer for the Sox only do so for the following reasons:
1. They are the hometown team
2. Their boyfriend or significant other likes them
3. Guys like sports, so they want to attract men
Am I saying that women can’t be Red Sox or even sports fans? No, absolutely not. I know plenty of women who not only cheer during every game, but can even outshine most guys in Sox knowledge. The unfortunate truth of the matter is that the majority of the female population in ”Red Sox Nation” can’t hold a conversation about the team, its players, or its history. When Jim Rice was recently elected to the Hall of Fame, most women couldn’t even tell you who the hell Jim Rice was or even what position he played. These are the same women who will wear Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia Red Sox t-shirts to games or other places, but will not be able to tell you any statistical information regarding said players (they probably can’t tell you that Pedroia won the AL MVP last season). I’m glad that girls think these guys are cute and look good in tight pants, but sorry sweety, that crap gets you zero credibility when you wear the shirt (which I guarantee you is most likely pink in color).
Pink? PINK?!? Speaking of that stupid color, that “pink hat” label is a dead on statement of truth. Any girl who wears a pink hat or jersey needs to get the hell out. We have all heard the theory that women wear this apparel because it is cute and this is true. Yet, the “pink hats” will argue that they still are huge fans and don’t care what people think. OK, here’s one for you. If you were a real fan, then you would know that wearing that s**t pisses people off and would have the common sense to not wear it to Fenway. All the ridicule and booing you receive is well deserved. Of course you don’t notice people screaming at you to leave because you are too busy texting your best friend (about how bored you are) during the bottom of the 9th with the bases loaded and that hottie Ellsbury at the plate.
Another aspect of this argument is that even if a girl claims to be a Sox fan, the girl in question will not be a baseball fan. If you are lucky enough to go to Fenway Park to see a game, then you should have knowledge of the game and the opponents we are up against. Odds are these women can’t describe a “balk” or even name one player on the Baltimore Orioles. Do I expect them to be walking baseball almanacs or the 2nd coming of Bill James? No, but I would like them to know what inning the “7th inning stretch” takes place in.
On a personal note, I have tickets for a game in June when the Florida Marlins come to Fenway for Interleague play (you see, that is when the National League teams play against American League teams……the Red Sox are in the American league). I am there specifically to see Hanley Ramirez make his return to Boston. What’s that ladies? You don’t know who Hanley Ramirez is? You know that great looking Josh Beckett guy and wicked pissa Mike Lowell dude? Well we traded Hanley (and Anibal Sanchez), our best prospect in years, in order to get those two. I will be there going nuts (as should the rest of Boston) when Hanley comes to bat. When this happens, I will look over and see a girl in a pink Sox hat talking on her cell phone.
Think I am just talking out of my ass? In an article in the Boston Globe, the data shows that after the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004, women started giving a damn about the team.
The number of female fans cheering for the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots has skyrocketed in the past five years, survey data show, as both teams won world championships and rolled out more apparel aimed at women.
Wow, what a coincidence. Lets see, 86 years go by and most women don’t care. Fast forward to 2004 and BAM!, we have life long fans since September snatching up Red Sox merchandise in the blink of an eye.
In Boston, 77 percent of women describe themselves as Red Sox fans, up from 45 percent in 2001, according to data from the demographics research firm Scarborough Sports Marketing .
It is hard to call me a sexist bastard when I have hard evidence to back it up. The bandwagon is quickly becoming a very crowded area, but there always seems to be room for one more.
My goal was not to piss off all women. Women can be Red Sox fans. As you have read though, a lot of them can’t be. It sucks that a large number of these fans can’t name at least one number retired by the Red Sox or name one Sox player who has won the MVP award. It is unfortunate that actual female fans are grouped together with these posers. It is fine by me if you are not a die hard or rabid fan. If you want to be a casual fan then that is fine with me. Just don’t claim to be otherwise.
The sad truth is that these fake fans are a plague among Red Sox Nation and need to be stopped. Of course we don’t have the means or the technology to do such a thing, but one day we will and whoever does it will have a statue erected in his honor on Yawkey Way.