Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, and Jackie Bradley Jr. (Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- These are – or should be – the best of times for Red Sox fans.
Heading into last night’s game, the team had won six in a row, 13 out of 16, and hold the best record in baseball. They are on pace to win more games than any Red Sox team in the past 72 years.
Their starting pitching is excellent, at times superb. They have one of the best closers in baseball. They hit well, hit for power, field and throw well, and do it all with considerable style.
They are fun to watch and gratifying to root for. The rest of the summer, and even the fall, holds great promise.
So why is it that whenever I slip on the headphones to walk Buddy the Wonder Lab and dial up some sports talk, the tone of comments about the Sox ranges from negative to angry to downright toxic? What are we – Philadelphians?
I can’t fairly be described as a goody two shoes about this or anything else, that’s why a listener once told me he and his wife refer to me as “Cranky At Large,” a compliment that I embrace. But I don’t get it.
The weather is fine, the economy is booming, and the Sox are at least even odds to win it all. What is wrong with people who find fault with this situation?
I can answer my own question.
The world is divided into two types of people--lovers, and haters.
Lovers aren’t always happy, but they have the capacity to be; haters are only happy when they and everyone around them are unhappy.
Mark me down as a lover. Except when it comes to the haters.
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