That Red Sox Nation Thing Is Overrated. Sure It Is.

The CAMBRIDGE (MA) CHRONICLE reports today that “a group of men — some with Irish accents — beat up a 23-year-old Cambridge man and sent him to the hospital after they spotted him sporting a Yankees baseball cap.

Yankee Hat

Witnesses told police the group of apparent diehard Red Sox fans beat up the victims after an argument inside a Central Square bar. The group then ran away on Mass. Ave. towards Harvard Square.

We love the “they had irish accents!!!” part of the story, which leads us to believe that the Yankee hat may have had incidental bearing on the incident.

Also, the report is a little conflicting. Initally, it makes it sound like the only reason the man was beat down was for wearing the-hated-ones’ logo on his dome. But in the second graf we find out the fisticuffs may’ve arose after an argument (which is the more likely scenario).

We haven’t really written much about Hank Steinbrenner’s now-rescinded, off-color comments about the Red Sox Nation. The thing that struck us about Steinbrenner’s remarks was how provincial they were. Does he not know that there are truly a massive number of Red Sox fans centered in the Northeast because the club is a regional franchise?

Yeah, Boston isn’t that big a market itself, but when you add in the surrounding population, you know why Sawks fans seem to be everywhere. We live in L.A., and we’re here to tell ya, they ARE everywhere. For better or usually worse.

We’re guessing Hank hasn’t gotten out much (besides the well-worn, NY-to-Tampa trail) over the years. That’s the only explanation we can think of for his inexplicable observation.

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