Behind enemy lines: Red Sox fans |

Behind enemy lines: Red Sox fans

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY ” Jeremy Thomas sipped a beer as he watched Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz slowly jog between second and third base in game one.

“He can run for a big guy,” said Thomas, wearing an old Boston cap as he intently watched the game at Paddy’s Sports Bar and Grill.

With the World Series in full swing, Red Sox fans like Thomas are showing their pride despite a region teeming with Rockies fans.

Red Sox fans generally dislike the New York Yankees, think the Colorado Rockies will win no more than one game and what’s most apparent, they have a zealous fanaticism for their team.

Gerry Shea grew up in Arlington, Mass., and watched the Red Sox win and lose.

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“You’re either born with ’em or not born with ’em,” he said. “I was born with em.'”

A resident of the valley for 13 years with a subtle eastern Massachusetts accent, Shea has been arguing lately with other employees of The Red Lion about which team is better.

“It’s usually a friendly banter back and forth,” he said.

The Rockies are a good team, but the Red Sox will win in five games, he said.

Thomas thinks the Red Sox will sweep the Rockies, he said.

Steve Moore, of Edwards, was born in Brockton, Mass., and moved when he was six years old. He has lived in Eagle County for 33 years.

“Just because you live in a different place doesn’t mean you need to change your loyalties,” Moore said.

Moore’s Colorado license plate says, “REDSOX4”; his son Kyle’s says, “FENWAY6.”

Moore has three Red Sox hats: a really old one, a semi-old one and a new one “in case something bad happens” to the other two, he said.

Moore’s son once carved “Red Sox,” into the family’s lawn, now covered with snow. Moore keeps a photo of it in his car.

“We are Red Sox fanatics for sure,” he said.

Is this year’s Red Sox team particularly thrilling?

“I like them the same amount any year,” he said.

A friend once commented on how boring the 2004 World Series was when the Red Sox swept the St. Louis Cardinals.

“It really depends on your perspective,” he said. “I thought it was an amazing series.”

Tim LyBarger grew up when Colorado and had no professional baseball team to cheer for. The next best thing was the semi-professional Denver Bears.

In college, LyBarger was watching game six of the 1986 World Series at an Alamosa, Colo., bar when Bill Buckner made the most famous error in Red Sox history.

LyBarger reached over and grabbed $20 he had bet a friend the Red Sox would win, and looked up when everyone in the bar started screaming.

Buckner had let a slow-rolling ball go between his legs and into right field, allowing a New York Mets player to score. The Red Sox would have won the World Series ” and LyBarger his $20 ” without the error.

LyBarger has raised his children to be Red Sox fans by comparing villains and heroes in children’s stories with the Yankees and Red Sox, he said.

“They gravitated to that,” said LyBarger, adding that all three now root for different teams, including the Yankees, except for his daughter Emily, whose still a Red Sox fan.

“She’s always been my favorite, so that’s perfect,” he said.

A disdain for the New York Yankees made LyBarger defect to the Red Sox, he said.

“The Yankees are slick willies, they’re all GQ, have to go clubbing, no facial hair ” they’re all prima donnas,” he said.

The Red Sox are a working man’s team that always seemed to have bad luck, LyBarger said.

The Yankees are overpaid, Thomas said.

“A lot of people could say the same about the Red Sox,” he quickly added.

Boston’s payroll almost triples the Rockies payroll this season.

Shea defies the Yankees-hating stereotype: He refuses to root against the Yankees, he said.

“I’d rather root for my team in a positive way,” he said. “Go Red Sox.”

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