Shades of Gray 1

Zachary Gray- Sports Editor

As the sports editor for The 1851 Chronicle I try to be objective in my writing. Since print is permanent, I don’t want to write anything that’ll make me seem narrow-minded, biased, or just plain stupid. But if it weren’t for the passionate sports fan inside me, I wouldn’t be holding this position today.

So who is that passionate sports fan I speak of? For starters, he isn’t anything special. I stand at a staggering 5’6” and weigh a little more than I should. Back in high school, I played baseball and wrestled. I’m not a great athlete; I can’t throw an effective spiral, nor can I pitch a curveball. Fun fact: I’ve never hit a homerun at any level of baseball.

Because my “skill” was short lived, I resorted to fanhood. I’m a Boston sports fan (Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, and Bruins) and enjoy seeing the underdog win. There are some things, however, that might seem unusual for a Boston sport fan.

First thing’s first: I don’t hate the New York Yankees. It’s not exactly a secret, but I needed to get that out there. I personally hate it when Sox fans rant about how much they hate the Yankees, because the hate is clearly envy.

Second: my favorite baseball player is Mickey Mantle. How strange it is for a Sox fan’s favorite player to be a Yankee legend. The movie “61*” may have done it for me, or perhaps the Mick’s legacy. Regardless, this Sox fan loves number 7, but he definitely isn’t Stephen Drew.

Unusual Boston sports fan fact number three: I’m perfectly satisfied with the number of championships the city has compiled. I’ve witnessed victories in the World Series, Super Bowl, Stanley Cup Finals, and the NBA Finals. Sure, I’ll be disappointed if a team doesn’t win it all, but I won’t lose any sleep over it.

Fact number four: the only times I was upset after a loss were Super Bowl XLII and Game 7 of the 2003 American League Championship Series; every other major loss didn’t affect me. The fashion of how the 2007 Patriots loss was heartbreaking. They went into the Super Bowl undefeated, earning more wins than any other team in NFL history, and loss in the final game. With the Red Sox, they were only five outs away from the World Series but fell short. It was the abrupt ends that hit me the most. Not the 2008 Sox, not the 2010 Celtics, and not even Super Bowl XLVI brought me down.

Final fact: I’m finally learning to enjoy talking sports. This is unusual, but I’ve never really enjoyed talking sports up until I got this position. I think the incoherent banter from obnoxious Boston fans pushed me away from talking sports with friends. Don’t get me wrong, I love sports and always will, but the little things such as referring to a favorite team as “we” gets to me.

Well, there you go: fun and unusual facts about the average Boston sports fan turned sports writer. Hopefully, I don’t become just an average sports writer.

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