In a reply I posted in Rovin’s “When do you throw in the towel” thread, I mentioned that I had been feeling miserable about the Red Sox this year. Since that post, I have been thinking about my attachment to the Sox, why I feel the way I do, and why the Sox (or any other team for that matter) have such a hold on so many people.
I grew up with the Sox, starting back in ’75, and have followed them through thick and thin since. There have been up years, down years, heartbreaking losses and incredible, historic wins. This year stinks, hopefully next year will be better, but I’ll still be a Sox fan no matter what. But why? They don’t pay me, and I don’t really derive any tangible benefit or detriment if they win or lose. Despite that, I am happy (for lack of a better term) when they win, and bummed when they lose. I still remember walking into a Home Depot the day after the 2004 ALCS ended, wearing my Red Sox hat, and seeing another guy with a Sox cap on as well. We just both broke into grins.
So, why do we care about the Red Sox? Or sports teams in general? I really don’t know the answer, and figured I’d see what the good folks at SoSH think.
Edited by SoxLegacy, 10 August 2012 - 01:57 PM.