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Why I'm a Red Sox fan

Updated on June 30, 2014

Who would think that someone who lived most of her life in NJ would love the Sox?


I have been following the Red Sox since I was very young. I became interested in baseball when I was 6 or 7, back when very few girls (or women) were sports fans. In the days of local baseball only on TV, how did a young fan get to know about teams out of her market?

My Baseball Obsessions

Can you love four teams at once?

I first started following baseball when I was very young. In the days of local baseball only on TV, how does a young fan get to know about teams out of her market?

Enter Topps Baseball cards. My brother and I loved collecting baseball cards. We got started with some old cards (from before we were following baseball) and this whetted our appetite to see more cards. After all, thanks to Topps (and that ubiquitous flat pink bubble gum) we could get to know players and their stats.

My brother and I were also math "geeks" (as much as you can be a math geek in 1st and 2nd grade!) so the statistics on the back fascinated us (mind you, I still am obsessed with statistics).

Growing up when we did, being a Mets fan was natural. But, though my brother also liked the Yankees, I hated the Yankees. I'm not quite sure why, but I always felt that being a Mets fan meant I couldn't like the Yankees. So who should I follow in the American League?

Well, being the red blooded American girl that I was in my early years, I chose the teams I liked based on the cutest players. And, at the time, the cutest players (besides the Mets) were on the Los Angeles Angels and the Boston Red Sox. So those were the teams I followed.

Strangely enough, I also started following the Patriots and the Celtics (I still follow the Celtics even though I'm not as into basketball as I was in college, but I digress....)

My favorite player on the Red Sox back them (Oy, I'm dating myself!) was Tony Conigliaro. I had a major league (no pun intended!) crush on Tony C. And then it happened.....

Tony C. was hit with a baseball (after some jerk set off a firecracker). He was taken out of the game and was out for a while. He tried to come back several times, once even trying to pitch, but he was never the "whiz kid", the promising young player, he had been before the accident.

I was working as a programmer when I heard he had passed away. I cut the obituary from the newspaper and hung it (with magnets) on my credenza. Tony C. was gone. And so, that day, was a bit of my youth.

I still root for the Red Sox. But I'll always remember Tony C.

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86 Years: The Legend of the Boston Red Sox
86 Years: The Legend of the Boston Red Sox

Told in delightful verse and charming illustrations, "86 Years: The Legend of the Boston Red Sox" is a "Casey at the Bat" for the 21st century. Sure to become a classic, it is a treasure for every generation, for generations to come.

Official 2007 World Series Film
Official 2007 World Series Film

It's October, and that means the season-long race for the 2007 World Series championship is heating up. The contenders are slugging it outand hoping for their shot at the World Series trophy. One club will earnthe right to call itself World Series champions.The 2007 World Series DVD will be loaded with World Series actiongame by game as well as highlights from the American League Championship Series., National League Championship Series., American League Division Series? and National League Divi...

For the Love of the Red Sox: An A-to-Z Primer for Red Sox Fans of All Ages
For the Love of the Red Sox: An A-to-Z Primer for Red Sox Fans of All Ages

The colorful characters that epitomize the storied history of baseball’s most beloved franchise—the Boston Red Sox—are captured in this brilliantly illustrated and thoughtfully written book. From Dale Alexander to Carl Yastrzemski, For the Love of the Red Sox provides a who’s who of Red Sox lore and a whimsical walk through the alphabet for children and adults alike. Each illustration by artist Mark Anderson is accompanied by lively text from Wall Street Journal columnist Fre...

MLB Boston Red Sox Classic Baseball Bracelet
MLB Boston Red Sox Classic Baseball Bracelet

Support your team by wearing a classic baseball seam bracelet! This handmade bracelet is made of genuine quality leather. The bracelet also features a ceramic baseball bead and elastic loops for closure. There are two loops for adjustable sizing, making sure your bracelet is secure. One size fits all, and will fit most children and adults. Not recommended for children under 5.

Baseball Season canvas bag
Baseball Season canvas bag

Compugraph Designs Printfection Store

In addition to our Cafe Press and Zazzle sites (see modules above), we also have a store on "Printfection" which includes cutting boards (good wedding or housewarming gifts), mugs and cups, tees, etc.

This canvas bad is only one of several Baseball Season themed items at our store:

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I just discovered Printpop -- check out my entire portfolio or click on the graphic to see just this product (called "Baseball Season"). Check back periodically as new designs are uploaded.

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      I became a Red Sox fan in elementary school ... Ted Williams was my hero and then Tony C. Still love my Sox.

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I wrote a whole page (lens) about my favorite baseball memories :-). And tell your brother is OK to LIKE rival teams -- besides my 'Yankees', I do like the Mets (as long as they are not playing against the Yankees) and I'm a huge fan (from many, many years of living in the Midwest - including St. Louis) of the St. Louis Cardinals, but also LOVE the Chicago Cubs! I just love baseball in general.... and only have a few teams I don't like for personal and varied reasons -- like the (formerly BROOKLYN) Dodgers! :). The Red Sox are fine, but it's OK to like the Yankees too. :-)

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Hi, nice job with this lens!

      Keep rooting for the Boston Red Sox now - Forget about those other teams!

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