Originally Posted by ryan
most people who ended up living in/near gotham are subsumed by yankeedom.
Categorically false. Red Sox fans are literally everywhere: in my office, in my NJ neighborhood, on the subway, in the supermarkets, etc. And they're not tough to identify with the hats and t-shirts.
In contrast to the sometimes, ahem, "angry" back-and-forth exchanges here or on TGR, the relationship between Yankee and Red Sox fans, at least in my experience, often borders on the genteel. As a for-instance, yesterday at the golf course, my father and I were paired with a guy in a Sox hat, and over the next four hours, we agreed on virtually everything about the strengths and weaknesss of our respective teams. In fact, our conversation was so genteel, you'd think we had been talking about the stock market.
When Boston was way ahead of us earlier in the season, Chowd fans in my neighborhood had to listen to me complain about our bullpen, no hitting, starting pitchers couldn't go more than two innings, Torre wasn't inspiring the team, etc. Now, it's reversed, but there's never any of the "hah, you guys suck!!!" that you're pre-supposing. I realize that this may have something to do with the demographics of the people alongside I live and work.
If there were no Chowds fans around, what fun would that be when we win? For us (and I mentioned it last week), there's nothing quite as satisfying as watching 30-something thousand Fenway faithful go completely silent after Jeter blasts an HR to deep center field.