I'm really enjoying this...Whereas being a Red Sox fan I tend to get too caught up "emotionally" with my Sox when they are in the hunt. Consequently, my anxiety level dictates which minmizes my enjoyment...Am I alone on this?
I've been living in MD (surbubs of DC) for over 20 years, so I have seen the sox play at Memorial Stadium/Camden Yards about 10x times more than seeing them play in Fenway. The last few years I have overcome my earlier dislike (the mediocre O's tended to play the sox tough in the late 90's/early 00's), and even felt a bit bad that 3/4 of the attendees were Sox fans. Well, not too bad -- but I don't blame O's fans much for glorying in beating Boston. That includes the last game last year -- I was there, right behind 3rd base, and got to listen to the a**hole kids who took the front row seats when the game recommenced after the rain delay.
Now, with the Xos officialy below .500, I find myself being a sports bigamist; I am more or less on the O's band wagon. To the extent of staying up until 4AM to watch the 18 inning game. Adding in the delightful schadenfreude of the MFY's not making the playoffs... I think I will be rooting for the O's vs Boston this weekend. May the gods forgive me.
Funny thing, I work 10 blocks from that Nationals stadium... but I just can't get into them. Maybe if the Nats fans return to their roots and call them the Senators (like they did '05 to '65).
BTW: The only reason I can think of for dumping Scutaro, who was one of the few guys actually playing with some attention last September, is that he turned his head to look to center whilst heading to third- and then got thrown out at the plate. I read later that he heard a big "yaaay" when the ball got into the gap, and figured a great play had been made. He forgot he was playing in Fenway South.
I just looked it up: it was Crawford who hit the double. Imagine that! If Scutaro doesn't turn his head and scores, then Crawford's inabillity to make catch Andino's sinking line drive never occurs, and Adrian G still plays for the Red Sox.