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Boo their asses off…

April 24, 2009

But don’t act like idiots. One of the perks of playing for the Red Sox, or the Yankees for that matter, is home field advantage. Home field advantage is ALL about the fans and the environment.

Don’t act like idiots, don’t throw stuff on the field, don’t be stupid. Be a Sox fan, have class, act like you’ve been there before, act like winners.

DON’T reach over the fence on a ball down the line when it’s hit by a RED SOX player!!!

Don’t reach over the fence to catch a ball in the air when it’s hit by a YANKEE player!!!

Keep enforcing that thing you’ve always had, make Fenway a nightmare for visiting players. Boston fans have some of the smartest sign making fans around, get them out there. Remind players who spurned you, that you won’t forget, but don’t be idiots about it. Remind the Yankees why this is a horrible place to be a visiting player, and at the same time remind your home town team why they can’t be beat here.

Boo the ever living hell out of the opponents, make it a hellish weekend, but do it with intelligence, class, dignity and style, it’s funner that way.

If you can rag the crap out of a player without an F bomb or using ‘your mother’, you’ve got something, otherwise you’re carbon copies of the gang that sits behind the dugout in Yankee Stadium because that appears to be all they ever had for ammo…

31 Comments leave one →
  1. April 24, 2009 5:28 pm

    Ah, the old “be bigger than them” comment.

    Yeah. That’s what we Yankee fans say about Sox fans too. Remember one of your fans taking a swing at Gary Sheffield when he was trying field Jason Varitek’s triple a few years ago? Yeah, real classy.

    And the only people who can afford to sit behind the Yankee dugout clearly can’t be called a gang. More like bored execs waiting to get the hell out of there.

    (I was with you until that last silly sentence.)

  2. April 24, 2009 7:06 pm

    That defines hitting the nail on the head. Making sure not to interfere with the play when we could benefit with a hit or taking away an out. I see it all the time when the home crowd blows it and it drives me nuts. Actually hearing a professional say that solidifies that it should be that way in every park, but especially Fenway after hearing you say it.

  3. Neil permalink
    April 24, 2009 8:29 pm

    Great point. This needs to be done in an intelligent way, or just not in a stupid way. Because otherwise you ARE just like the Yanks fans. The Sox have been on top of the Yanks for some number of years now. Sox fans need to remember that the Yankees are the underdogs. This gives us more to draw from when ragging on the Yankees.

    Watching the game right now. Great game. Lester looks good.

    C ya

  4. Jason permalink
    April 24, 2009 9:58 pm

    I agree with everything you said, I was just curious where it came from. Did something happen that made you want to bring this up, or was it just something you wanted to say before the series heats up? Thanks for the blogs.

  5. Mark permalink
    April 25, 2009 6:57 am

    Well put Curt! It’s great to see great fans (especially at Fenway), but I hate when it gets nasty, like when people swear or throw things. It only makes them look foolish and low class. I’ll bet it also embarasses their own team. These bad fans need to realize that they can support their teams without doing the nasty stuff. It makes for a better game for everybody.

  6. The Imp permalink
    April 25, 2009 9:21 am

    Hear hear! I was thinking about this very thing last night while watching the #redsox and #yankees on Twitter. For the most part (with some notable exceptions), the #redsox posters were having fun and chatting it up. The #yankees folks were dropping curses everywhere and generally just being un-fun about the whole thing. Both sides could use a bit of “grow and and have fun with it instead of being the schoolyard bullies!”

  7. April 25, 2009 11:26 am

    I was at the game last night (still hoarse from all the screaming!) and was pleasantly surprised at how (seemingly) the majority of both Sox and Yankees fans acted. In the areas of the park where I was, there wasn’t much more than good-natured taunting between the fan bases (at one point there was a “Let’s Go Yankees!” “Let’s Go Sox!” back and forth going on. I can’t EVER remember that happening at a Sox/Yanks game).

    Aside from the female Yankees fan giving everyone the finger as she left the park, I really have no complaints about the fans last night. (And it was nice that Damon got more boos than Teixeira!)

  8. John permalink
    April 25, 2009 3:56 pm

    Curt,

    I’m wearing your Sox alternate red jersey as we speak. I wish for nothing more than to see you go toss another good bid against the Yankees.

    Thank you again for your service to Red Sox Nation.

  9. sdl1 permalink
    April 25, 2009 3:58 pm

    So we shouldn’t wear “Yankees Suck” shirts? 😉

    What sets us apart is that we’ll aim at our distaste towards the Yankees, wheas Yankee fans like to rip on Boston and also Massachusetts.

    Example: Last year I’m at a minor league ST game in St. Pete between the Rays/Yankees AAA/AA squads. Some guy in his 60s with Yankee and Giants tattoos sees my Pats tattoo and starts screaming at me…calling me a (intercoursing anal orifice) repetadly and saying I was a (fellatio-practicing) “gay” person who was from a “gay” city in a GD “gay” state. I didn’t have any idea what this guy’s problem was onther than he had to be mentally ill. I was tempted to say after he was calling me a FA (and I don’t mean “free agent”) that I wasn’t Isiah Thomas, but I kept quiet. He then stormed out of the complex, ans some of the Yankee minor league coaches came over and apologized. I told them they didn’t have to…the guy wasn’t a part of their organzation.

    I just chalk it up as atypical Yankee fan behavior

  10. T-Wal permalink
    April 25, 2009 5:09 pm

    Do you make these comments for all the teams for which you played? Many Red Sox fans may not know this, but you have played for several other teams throughout your career.

  11. April 25, 2009 6:07 pm

    Leaving the game, were chatting with one good-natured Yankees fan and he lost a bet with my friend about some college football factoid so she got him to stand on the street and shout “The Red Sox are my Daddy!” Soweeeet. And very tame, yes?

  12. April 25, 2009 8:40 pm

    LOL – Cyn, we have no emotional attachment to Texeira. We’re so over him. *flips her hair*.

    I have to say that while I didn’t go to this series, I’ve been to other NY series games where everyone’s been pretty decent. I think it’s unfortunate when you have people in the stands acting foolish, but you know – when you’re dealing with a crowd of thousands, there’s always the possibility that someone just isn’t going to think.

    Fabulous series thus far, btw.
    And is it my imagination, or is Lester becoming a mini-Beckett all the way around? He’s even wearing a similar necklace and facial hair.

  13. Brian, The Soxy permalink
    April 25, 2009 11:16 pm

    I’ll be at Sunday’s game…any suggestions for some intelligent, yet humorous crowd chants I might be able to get started in the stands? Any suggestions are more-than welcomed!

  14. Steve permalink
    April 25, 2009 11:50 pm

    Well said. Part of the game is to mess with their heads, but leave Jeter’s mom out of it. After all, she didn’t know she was gonna give birth to a media-whoring, razor-pimping pretty boy.

    She probably hates him and his wife Alex Rodriguez as much as the rest of us.

  15. Jeff Mills permalink
    April 26, 2009 12:47 pm

    During Friday night’s game between the Yankees and Red Sox I heard alternating choruses of “Let’s go Yankees! *clap* *clap* *clap clap clap*” and “Let’s go Red Sox! *clap* *clap* *clap clap clap*” followed by chants of “Yankees suck! Yankees suck!” The funny thing is that NESN announcers didn’t even acknowledge it despite the fact that it was loud and clear over the airwaves.

    I don’t have a problem with Yankees and Red Sox fans acting like this. My problem is when the fans use excessive profanity and throw stuff out on the field. There are children that go to these games that don’t need to hear or see that. They also don’t need fans acting like that moron at Yankee Stadium a couple of weeks ago who stole that home run away from the Indians.

  16. Floyd Wood permalink
    April 26, 2009 3:33 pm

    Any sports fan should enjoy a game with dignity; name calling and general harrassing the opposing playes is rude and discourteous.
    I root for my team and expect you to root for yours; but elt’s keep it clean. The goldne rule works pretty good every where.

  17. Donna permalink
    April 26, 2009 4:06 pm

    This is a great posting and makes some very true,valid points. However,have a little faith,Curt,in the Boston fans. I have found that for the most part the Boston fans have always been very well behaved and know how to act,react. It is the Yankees fans that are arrogant and obnoxious,much like their team and management,which is why I hate/dislike the fans as much as the team itself. Have no worries,the Boston supporters will do just fine.
    Now get out the brooms(not literally)because Boston is going to sweep the Yankees and the series!

  18. Tim permalink
    April 26, 2009 5:57 pm

    Curt Schilling lecturing on class?? Priceless!! Speaking of “price” Curt will Sox management ever invite you to sit anywhere in Fenway Park? Ouch!!!

  19. Bob Buckley permalink
    April 26, 2009 10:59 pm

    So what you are telling Boston fan’s is to be like Philly Phans,huh?

  20. Jon permalink
    April 27, 2009 9:08 am

    “It’s funner that way?” How about “It’s more fun that way?”

  21. Bill permalink
    April 27, 2009 9:30 am

    Hey B.E. Earl,
    Just want to know how your doing this fine Monday morning?

  22. Patrick permalink
    April 27, 2009 10:03 am

    What I’ve never understood about the “Yankees Suck” chant is what does that mean when you beat a team that sucks? Or even worse, if you lose to them? I confuse everyone by saying that I believe the Yankees are one of the best, most successful franchises in baseball history. One of the best teams ever. It’s that much sweeter when you beat the greatest team than when you beat the worst team.

    No one gets excited over beating Kansas City…

  23. Jerry permalink
    April 27, 2009 11:36 am

    Please stop the madness. It isn’t in NY that their little league organizations have had to remoce the nickname Red Sox from play because the other kids, and adults, have taken to ridiculing and taunting the players to the point that they don’t want to play on that team anymore. Chanting Yankees Suck at 10 year olds is the level that Sox fans have reduced themselves to.

  24. Donna permalink
    April 27, 2009 12:50 pm

    To Tim,
    Yes,Curt has class. And as he explained on the radio program a few weeks ago,HE has no intention of going to any of the games at Fenway Park. The reasons which Curt gave for not going,which I will not explain,show a real class act. As for the priceless comment,all of the things that Curt has done OFF the field(as well as on)and continues to do to help other human beings,truly giving of himself,shows the beautiful,caring,special human being that he is. As far as I am concerned,you cannot put a monetary value on that and so yes,Curt is absolutely priceless.

  25. kevin permalink
    April 27, 2009 1:44 pm

    Idiot and Red Sox fan are kind of synonymous. Both describe the other. Other words that would be also accepted would be

    Boorish
    Obnoxious
    Ignorant
    Rude
    Brash
    Cro-Magnon
    Hillbilly
    Inbred

    The only difference between a Red Sox Fan and a Yankee fan is about a four hour drive. They are both ignorant and all of the other words mentioned above. Sorry, its the truth I have lived here in New England most of my life and that is just the way it is.

  26. Doctor X permalink
    April 27, 2009 2:50 pm

    Yes, B.E. Earl, remember “it’s only a game.”

    –J.D.

  27. Neil permalink
    April 28, 2009 10:36 am

    Curt, great post! Those disrespecting fans are probably the same parents at my son’s little league games that will make rude comments about the 13 year old umpire that’s trying to do his best. They’ll make the comments just loud enough for everyone to hear it but without shouting.

  28. April 28, 2009 4:27 pm

    Bill,
    It’s Tuesday, but I’m doing okay. Long season, buddy. Long season.

  29. JohnInMaine permalink
    April 30, 2009 2:10 pm

    Good stuff … wish you were still pitching for us Mr. Schilling.

    I’m going to be 41 in July and have been playing ice hockey my whole life and am now playing with younger guys some in their 20s.

    My role has changed and I take quicker shifts BUT I still have so much fun playing twice a week.

    I am glad you have set yourself up with your company and other things you have going, stay healthy and have fun. it was so nice to see you pitch in Boston and it will be appreciated until the day I die.

    The bloody sock … I mean come on … that is right up there with Babe called shots and Gibson pinch hit homers.

    As a fan I thank you for that sacrifice as no doubt it added way more DL time to you coming back. You are great athlete and true team player.

    Thank you.

  30. Scott permalink
    May 1, 2009 11:01 pm

    Mr. Shilling One thing that some Sox fans don’t have is class or respect

  31. Alison permalink
    May 24, 2009 7:49 pm

    Our Tek’s better than your Tex? Is that appropriate?

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