As one of maybe three people in Boston who thinks that professional
sports are ridiculous, I generally keep my mouth shut. In a town where
even Ivy League professors and my writing colleagues drop everything to
watch grown men in leotards run around grass diamonds, I can't even get
away with that "everyone who likes sports is my intellectual inferior"
shit that I pull back home in New York, where I'm not a Yankees or a
Mets fan, by the way.
But today, in light of Matt Viser's excellent Globe story titled "Hub strikes out on Series revenue,"
I feel compelled to weigh in. This reminds me of the time I told my
father that he shouldn't give a shit if I smoke cigarettes because it
doesn't affect him, and he rebutted: "Actually, asshole, it does affect
me when all you uninsured bartenders and writers end up in the hospital
with lung cancer." Basically, while I deal with Red Sox smoke blowing almost year-round in Boston - and rarely say shit - this time I have the right.
article is couched in one not-so-phenomenal phenomenon that was
uncovered by the Boston Foundation: while Denver made $940,365 during
the 2007 playoffs, Boston managed to lose $650,000. How is that
possible? Well, as it turns out, the only thing that sucks more than
Boston's fiscal relationship with Massachusetts are the City Hall lips
wrapped around John Henry's meat. While the Rockies pay for security in
Denver, our city picks up the Red Sox tab. And I know that diehards
won't find this nearly as infuriating as I do, but Boston also paid
$360,000 for the team's victory parade. I would call you all a bunch of
suckers, but it looks like I caught this foul ball in the ass too.