The Red Sox and Philosophy: Green Monster Meditations (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

The Red Sox and Philosophy: Green Monster Meditations (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

Language: English

Pages: 320

ISBN: 0812696778

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The Red Sox and Philosophy: Green Monster Meditations (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

Language: English

Pages: 320

ISBN: 0812696778

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


This volume in the Popular Culture and Philosophy series delves into the tragic and redemptive history of the Boston Red Sox baseball franchise. Drawing on philosophers from Aristotle to Sartre, chapters range from issues of faith and spirituality to tragedy, irony, existentialism, Sabermetrics, and the infamous "curse of the Bambino." With an emphasis on "Red Sox Nation" — the community of Red Sox fans across the globe — the book connects important philosophical ideas with one of the most storied teams in the history of Major League Baseball. The chapters make complex philosophical arguments easy to understand while providing an insider’s knowledge of the hometown team. All but one of the authors in this volume are all Red Sox fans who comment on their team philosophically. There's even a Yankee fan’s perspective! With a foreword by Dick Bresciani, vice president and official historian of the Boston Red Sox, this book provides a unique philosophical experience for the die-hard Red Sox fan.

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important dimension of our selves, but they do not define us in the same way that reason does, at least according to Kant. This doesn’t mean that the authentic fan must be coldly analytical and think about her team rather than feel for it. Instead the authentic fan is the critical fan who thinks about the moves that the team is making, how the team is playing, and how management constructs the team while she feels for every blown save and come from behind victory. The critical fan doesn’t lose

Since so much Red Sox losing (and really bad, heartbreaking losing, alongside so much Yankees winning) came after the Red Sox sold the Babe (or after Ruth allegedly uttered the curse, or after whatever other event is said to have occurred), all that losing happened because the Red Sox sold him. Though this argument isn’t strong, it is interesting. Why is it supposed to prove that the Red Sox were cursed? Presumably because the selling of the Babe had an unnatural impact on the fortunes of the

new revelation of Being, but it turned out we were naively mistaken. First we needed to be reminded of how tragic life could be. The World Series was enthralling, tantalizing, and, of course, ultimately disappointing. St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson was invincible. Sox fans had a sensation similar to that of the ancient Trojans as they peered over the walls to witness combat between their soldiers and the god-like Achilles. What happened during the next generation was a string of

that it’s not getting along with the media or recognizing the fans that’s important but rather good work on the field and, as we found out after his retirement, good work through the Jimmy Fund and other charities off the field. We love Ted because he was a good ballplayer who had a weakness. A weakness we could overlook. Even if that weakness was dealing with the fans. But as Aristotle says, we do “not look for precision in all things alike, but in each class of things such precision as accords

asked the question, “What would Johnny Do?” And the answer was: “Run to New York for more money.” His actions demonstrated a desire to take the best offer on the table and not to hurt the citizens of the Nation, which is usually justifiable given his resume’s glowing highlight, that of “curse-ender.” However, Johnny forsook the Golden Rule and chose the Yankees as his new employer, thus solidifying his place as “Enemy of the State.” Is there anything he can do to one day gain forgiveness? Well,

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