GQ magazine revealed this morning its list of “The Worst Sports Fans in America," and the Red Sox fans ranked 6th overall and second among baseball teams, even ahead of Yankee fans. Here's the top 15:
1: Philadelphia Phillies
2: Philadelphia Eagles
3: West Virginia University Mountaineers
4: Oakland Raiders
5: University of Maryland Basketball
6: Boston Red Sox
7: Penn State University Football
8: Duke University Basketball
9: New York Yankees
10: Louisiana State University Football
11: Montreal Canadians
12: Dallas Cowboys
13: University of Wisconsin Football
14: University of Oregon Basketball
15: Los Angeles Lakers
Here is what GQ had to say about Sox fans:
Winning the 2004 World Series was the worst thing to ever happen to Red Sox fans. Having been beaten into a state of lovable-loserdom by generations of championship futility, they now seem intent on living out some sort of horsehided cycle of domestic violence, inflicting upon us everything that for eighty-six years was inflicted upon them. It is a display of epic hypocrisy. All their whining about the Yankees' salary-driven Evil Empire? They now gloat while drubbing opponents with what is routinely the second-highest-paid roster in baseball. All that self-satisfaction about being a bunch of scruffy underdogs? They blindly maintained it while winning the 2007 World Series with a payroll almost $90 million higher than Colorado's. All these continuing claims to be an elite group of die-hard supporters? They have the biggest legion of bandwagon fans in the country, pushing past the Pinstripes as baseball's top-drawing road team in 2005, 2007, and 2008. These days, Red Sox fans are indistinguishable from Yankees fans—just with more grating accents.
Any ranking that lists Red Sox fans worse than Laker fans has no credibility.
BUNCH OF HATERS>>>>>THATS ALL YOU ARE! IF THE RED SOX WERE NBAD WAGONERS THEN WHY DO THEY HOLD THE LONGEST RECORD FOR SOLD OUT SEATS. (1 1/2 PRIOR TO WINNING THE WORLD SERIES IN 2004) RED SOX ARE LOYAL AND THE CITY IS AMAZING AND ANY OPPOSING FAN CAN GO TO THAT FIELD AND NOT GET TREATED LIKE CRAP UNLIKE TAMPA AND OTHER CITIES. BOSTON JUST RECENTLY STARTING SPENDING MORE MONEY TO BRING IN BIG PLAYERS. I JUST LOVE PEOPLE THAT RUN THEIR MOUTH ABOUT BOSTON THAT HAVE PROBABLEY NEVER EVEN BEEN TO THE CITY.
The Red Sox aren’t ‘drubbing opponents with what is routinely the second-highest-paid roster in baseball’ because they want to ‘gloat.’ In case the GQ writer hadn’t notice, the Yankees have won almost three times as many WS titles than any other team, and have appeared in more than twice as many WS than any other team because of them cash whipping every marquee name free agent each year. The only way to break their stranglehold is to fight fire with fire. If the Red Sox didn’t have the 2nd highest payroll in MLB, some other team most assuredly would. It’s a dirty job, but…