Say what you want about New York fans… they don’t burn stuff

I know it is chic to trash New Yorkers and their fans… and Lord knows as a Red Sox fan, I get trash from them and I throw it right back.

But let’s tip our caps to them for a minute.
They don’t burn stuff when their teams win.

I’ve lived in Los Angeles County for three years and the Lakers have won 2 NBA titles since then. Both times, people turn over cars and burn stuff.

When the Red Sox won the AL Pennant in 2004, some poor girl got killed.

And in San Francisco, where I thought the only fires were going to be in bongs, it turns out the celebration got out of hand in Market Street.

I lived in New York from 1990 to 2005. I was there for four Yankee World Series titles, a Giants Super Bowl and the Rangers winning the Stanley Cup at long last. I also saw the Knicks in 2 Finals and an all New York World Series.

Fans cheered. They honked horns. They yelled at the opposing fans.
But cars were burned.
It wasn’t a riot.

Yes, there are a lot of bonehead New York fans and yes of course we all know Yankee fans can be insufferable.

But give them ALL credit.
They win better than most of us.

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Color me impressed, Rangers fans

Soak it in Rangers fans.
It’s called passion for baseball. It’s a long season… it’s not 16 Sundays. It’s every day and investing time emotion and having moments of great joy and winters of agony.

And if your team wins, you are overwhelmed with joy that can make each summer after wards a celebration.

Enjoy it. This frustration will pay off.

I started the post season needling Rangers fans but from the response on the blog and in the stands of Arlington, you are out there and you care.

I’m impressed.
Fill that park up next year. Don’t be like the Tampa fans who need to be bribed to show up to the game.

Wear those AL Champ T shirts. Make those antler signs.
And oh yeah… DEMAND that they sign Cliff Lee!

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