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Baseball True Fans?

I am born and raised in Boston. And I am really into the Red Sox. (I’m wearing Ellsbury jersey right now) So naturally I was crushed when the Angels swept the Sox. I felt pretty embarrassed.

So being a Red Sox fan, I naturally rooted for the Angels to beat the Yankees.

And now I really want the Phillies to repeat just so the Yankees lose. I’m not alone according to a (biased) poll on boston.com. They asked Red Sox fans how willing they were to root for the Yankees.

Rooting for the Yankee?
Can you guess what I voted for? I voted Not if my life depended on it. I am not bold enough to go prancing around Manhattan with my jersey on, but I have seen a Sox/Yanks game in the new Yankee Stadium and have proudly worn my jersey there.

But I found an article on mlb.com which throws the term “Team of the Decade” around. The debate is heating up. And the Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies are all in contention.

Both the Yankees and Phillies have won a World Series in this decade (00-09) The Red Sox are the only team that has won two. (04 and 07) So either team would tie the Sox. If the Yankees win, then most baseball analysts would pick them for the unofficial title. But if the Phillies win, then most of them would pick the Sox. Also, in some analysts’ eyes the miracle in 04 (where the Sox came back from 3-0 deficit against the Yankees to sweep the Cardinals in the Series) is a more impressive feat than what either the Phillies and the Yankees have accomplished this decade. The fact that the Sox were able to do something similar (coming back from 3-1 against the Indians) in 07 to sweep the Series again only strengthens that opinion.

The Yankees have not won a World Series since 2000 and I would like to keep it that way. I think it stems from being constantly reminded of the Red Sox 86 year old drought before they broke it in 2004. I want the Yankee fans to go at least 10 years without a title, to get a little taste of a drought.
Maybe I’m a little spiteful, and maybe I really am not a true fan. I will admit that my interest in the Post Season goes way down once the Sox are out. I wasn’t interested in the 05 Series, except to see the ChiSox end their own drought. (My mom is from Chicago but is a Cubs fan) And I wasn’t interested in 06 when the Cardinals won…

But I do appreciate good baseball. It’s just hard to watch when I’m not invested in rooting either for (or against) a particular team.

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The First Day of School

Classes started a week ago yesterday, but my old high school just started today. That is insanely late if you ask me. If they have any snow days, then they’re going to sit in that building until the end of June. At the risk of getting burned at the stake, I think this is one of the ways that it hurts the students. We started the second of September and still had Labor day off. Why should Boston Public Schools have to wait until after Labor Day to start classes? Boston in particular and New England in general still have the school schedule from agrarian times, where kids had to wait until after the harvest to start school and still be available to help with the spring plantings. We already know that the US is falling behind the other nations of the world in school testing and that it has one of the shortest school years (180 days or 36 weeks) I think the school leaders should change it. Add at least another two weeks to the school calendar. (Or maybe another 4 to bring it up to a nice even 40 weeks of school)

Also there needs to be some reform about the teacher unions. (Treading on thin ice here) In my school experience, I did not learn a lot in classes where the teacher was just ‘riding on their tenure’ – meaning the teacher did not do much in the class but was protected by the fact they had already taught a certain number of years. I was fortunate that the one teacher I had who was nearing retirement age wasn’t for a vital class. But my brother, who was two grades behind me got the same teacher for a vital class.  From what I heard, she didn’t start their Senior Paper, a graduation requirement, until all the other Senior English classes had started theirs and were a couple weeks ahead.  I don’t think we need to fire these teachers or punish them. I think instead, the schools should work with the unions to work out a system that rewards teachers for, well teaching, once they reach tenure. Get these elder teachers to teach again and share their experiences with the students!

Although as I am writing this, I realized that students have very little control over their education. I think Boston is very fortunate to have a  seat on the School Committee reserved for students to give input. However I don’t think may BPS students were aware that they had a representative on the committee.  But did you ever stop and realize that the majority of the people controlling the lives of young people are over 40? They never seem to remember what it was like for them when they were our age either.

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