Red Sox Nation

4 Oct

Admittedly, I don’t have much invested in the plight of the Red Sox —for among other reasons I grew up in Chicago, the North side, which by universal law makes me a Cubs fan. I can claim a certain non-sectarian point of view (I occasionally sport a T-shirt that reads, “The sports team from my locale is superior to the sports team from your locale.”) as my passions for professional sports have cooled considerably since I began to follow my son Cuba aka Pudge’s baseball career.

The Red Sox did their faithful and fanatical a big favor by their historic withering. They were unlikely contestants for the World Series—does anyone really think they were going to get by the Rangers or the Tigers? Instead they provided a narrative that will be jawed and raged over for generations to come. Even now some ambitious wannabe or never-has-been writer is working on his book proposal. Which is ok, that’s what life in the USA is all about.

I am inclined to think (judging by what I have read that’s been written so far—which is probably a very small sampling) that the most interesting storyline is why and how the Boston sports press missed the lack of clubhouse chemistry and clubhouse leader. Which currently is the explanation for the landmark 2011 catastrophe. Of course, the dogs will bark and the caravan will roll on.

Michael Lewis is much on my mind as I recently went to see Moneyball which is an entertaining cinematic iteration of his book. The latest news on Lewis, in addition to his new book Boomerang (WW Norton) is that a third film (The Blind Side being the second is being made from one of his books. In this case Liar’s Poker, his first book which describes Lewis’s experiences as a bond salesman on Wall Street during the late 1980s.

By the way , I think Lewis would be the perfect reporter to unravel the Red Sox story— he is fine and honest storyteller and this is a story that begs for honesty.

Currently reading Chicago City on The Make (the 60th anniversary edition) Nelson Algren (University of Chicago Press)

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