While we're talking about who hates who, let's give it up for Bob Ryan, who at 61 is still savvy enough to get new TV deals, come around to realize the value of a blog, actually know what Baseball Prospectus is and reference it (well, sort of) in an article without calling it Voodoo, and come up with zingers like,
"Bobby Abreu has awakened from his coma ... Johnny Damon, freed from the obligation to play a position he can no longer handle in a big league manner"
"The one piece of recent good news is that J.D. Drew now actually is showing a pulse. Not to put pressure on Mr. Low Key or anything, but is this a signal that he's actually planning on earning that $14 million Theo has so benevolently thrust at him? What a concept."
I'm thinking the Ryan family won't be getting a Christmas card from the
slug Drew family this holiday. Or any other. Ryan is curmudgeonly (actually pretty funny schtick at times). He often gets wayward and wistful for the way Things Once Were. I'm sure I missed his best days, back when the Celtics were The Celtics. However, Ryan did pen one of the finer articles I've read on the concept of fandom. I make it a point to read his columns, which I can't say about many other big-name columnists, and I enjoy them thoroughly. Anyway, he concludes today with the idea that Red Sox fans like the Yankees to be good, because it makes them more hateable, a concept which I think many Red Sox fans will find utterly ridiculous.