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Not Another Pink Hat (5-6)

If you’re a Red Sox fan, there’s one thing you know for sure. “Yankees Suck!” Even if they were to go undefeated for an entire season, end world hunger, and save a family of kittens from a burning building, the Yankees still suck. Yet, most fans will admit that the rivalry is all in good fun and at the end of the day it’s just a game. So what do you get when you mix alcohol, mob mentality and baseball’s oldest and most bitter rivalry?

Unfortunately, a few New Hampshire residents found out the answer to this question on Saturday. According to the Boston Globe, Ivonne Hernandez, a Yankees fan, drove her car into a small crowd of Red Sox fans, killing 29-year-old Matthew Beaudoin. Hernandez is a 43-year-old mother who’s originally from New York, but has lived in Nashua for 6 years. She got into a fist fight with 21-year-old Maria Hughes in a parking lot after leaving Slade’s Food & Spirits. Hernandez went to her car, where the group saw a Yankees’ sticker and began the familiar “Yankees Suck” chant. She pulled out of her parking spot aggressively, almost hitting a man, and drove approximately 200 feet before turning around and speeding up into the group. Beaudoin later died at Lahey Clinic in Burlington of head trauma. Hughes sustained minor injuries. Hernandez was arrested on charges of reckless conduct, aggravated drunken driving, and second-degree murder.

My take: Clearly, being a Yankees fan was not this woman’s only problem. I don’t know how someone with children would be reckless enough to drink and drive, let alone drive into a crowd of people. Apparently her lawyer says that she thought the people would move out of the way. Well, that makes sense, but the people in the crowd probably also assumed she wouldn’t drive into them. It’s such a shame that a few bad people have to turn in innocent fun rivalry into something reckless. Seriously, it’s just a game. Calm down.

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7 comments for “Not Another Pink Hat (5-6)”

  1. I grew up on Long Island, and was raised a Red Sox Fan. For years and years i suffered taunts and got my ass beat for loving Fred Lynn, Carl Yastrzemski, and Pudge.

    I moved up here to Massachusetts for college and luckily have escaped the slings and arrows of Yankee fans for most of my adult life.

    Ivonne was probably taunted for years because, well, Red Sox fans honestly take it a lil’too far with the yankees suck chants anymore … and she’d probably had it up to her metaphorical eybrows with all that noise. I feel bad that she was so incredibly stupid as to think drunk people can reflex move out of the way of a speeding vehicle.

    i agree with you that clearly the yankees issue wasn’t her only major malfunction… Overall, this was on all accounts completely unnecessary and the only ones who are going to suffer now are any kids who have lost a parent, either to death (not sure if the victim had any…) or to jail.

    just plain a waste all around.

    (came here via universal hub).

    Posted by christine | May 6, 2008, 1:50 pm
  2. Thank you for the comment. I totally agree that Red Sox fans take the “Yankees Suck” chant too far. I mean, even when we lose we still chant it everywhere and anywhere, regardless of how inappropriate it may be.

    Also, what I forgot to mention is that this isn’t only a Red Sox/Yankees thing. I almost got beat up once just for saying “I don’t like the Eagles” in front of an Eagles fan. In general, alcohol, crowds, and sports just don’t mix with some people and it’s unfortunate for the rest of us who just love sports and love our teams.

    Posted by Jennifer | May 6, 2008, 5:15 pm
  3. I live about 2 miles from where that happened. A striking irony is that just a few feet from there is a mural of Roy Campanella and Don Newcombe, who broke the color barrier in baseball by joining a Nashua minor-league team. What crazy intolerance in the shadow of a monument to the acceptance of differences among people in baseball.

    Posted by Gary McGath | May 6, 2008, 8:47 pm
  4. Jennifer,
    I went to see Guster last April at the Boston Opera house. Ryan Miller, the lead singer, was really happy to announce that they were responsible for bringing sunshine and good weather (it had rained for like 10 straight day) when they got to boston, and a sweep of whoever it was they just finished playing at home. mark this, it was not the yankees (i don’t think but I could be wrong).

    The crowd went NUTS like he said “i’m giving each and every one of you 10 million dollars just for being here tonight…” and then they started chanting Yankees Suck.

    Um. okay. has nothing to do with guster, the weather, or whoever it was the sox just played. But the fans had to get “Yankees Suck” in somewhere in the concert. It totally wouldn’t be boston without it.

    i just shook my head. dude. can we just get back to the music please?

    Posted by christine | May 9, 2008, 12:15 pm
  5. Yeah, the same thing happened to me when I went to country fest a few years ago. It was back when the Yankees actually had recently beat us and were ahead in the standings, but everyone still insisted on chanting “Yankees Suck”. It’s so silly.

    Posted by Jennifer | May 9, 2008, 12:27 pm
  6. […] am on trial I’m going to make sure I have Mario’s lawyer. Let’s just make sure Ivonne Hernandez doesn’t get the same […]

    Posted by Not Another Pink Hat 5-15 | Sports of Boston | May 15, 2008, 8:37 pm
  7. chrsitian- it was words both sides say the same thing about each team. Nothing more.

    jennfier- really look up video of a red sox fan walking in Yankee stadium getting hit with insults.

    they are words. you all saying only red sox fan take it to far really? yet this women took it beyond far.

    you all act like yankee fans dont take it to far in fact both do.

    you are putting the blame on the person who died.

    this why people hate new yorkers.

    Posted by chris | December 21, 2009, 1:02 pm

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