Hey, don’t blame me for asking – John Gonzalez of the Inquirer started this one:
The people in Boston have become obnoxious, arrogant, condescending. And those are just my friends up there. The rest are worse, an openly supercilious lot who never hesitate to tell you exactly how good they have it. Pride, as Marsellus Wallace said, will mess with you.
He’s talking about Boston’s sports dominance in the last decade, specifically the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins. (It should be noted the Patriots haven’t won a playoff game in the last three years and the Jets have won four, but let’s save that for another post).
Of course the Boston fans/media will turn around and point to the litany of fan transgressions in Philly over the years (I’ll spare you the links, denizens of Killadelphia), and laugh about the premise of this column. They’d probably have a point.
But I’m sort of with Gonzalez here. Boston fans are insufferable and consistently display unrelenting egotism (Note: Lifelong Jets/Yankees/Knicks fan here), whereas Philadelphia fans are just title-starved and incredibly annoying (if you’ve ever spent a few minutes listening to WIP or Mike Missanelli’s show, you’ll certainly agree with me on that last part). Besides the Phillies’ World Series triumph in 2008, what has that city won?
The pitching matchups for the series:
Cliff Lee (8-5, 2.87 ERA) vs. Josh Beckett (6-2, 1.86 ERA)
Vance Worley (2-1, 2.83 ERA) vs. John Lackey (5-6, 7.36 ERA)
Cole Hamels (9-4, 2.49 ERA) vs. Jon Lester (9-4, 3.66 ERA)
Boston fans have become obnoxious [Inquirer]