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An Unspoken Truth Slips Loose

In his “A” game column today, The Lip talks to Red Sox icon Johnny Pesky, who, while recounting his emotions on the night the Sox finally ended their 86 years of misery, let slip a Red Sox Nation dirty little secret:

“I’ve been in this game my whole life,” he said. “And as I stood on that field that night and watched the celebration going on all around me, I found myself thinking about Mr. Ted Williams himself. And then Bobby (Doerr), and Dom (DiMaggio). But I thought about Joe DiMaggio that night, too. And Bobby Brown and Yogi and Scooter. And I’m thinking, ‘What are you doing thinking about the Yankees at a time like this?’ But you know something? I should’ve been. Because it wouldn’t have been the same baseball life without them.”

Get that, you feckless Fenway faithful? I’ll interpret for you: “without the Yankees, we were nothing.” While the Yanks were perenially battling the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants for NYC–and MLB– supremacy, decade after decade piling up pennants and WS rings, putting together an organization that sets the gold standard for accomplishment in professional sports, your heroes were like children with their noses pressed against the sweet shop’s window, yearning for just a taste of that kind of success. Congratulations, you finally got it.

Now get your asses out of our goddamn store!

(cross posted at The Darkside)

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