During the middle games of the World Series Boston radio sportscasters marveled at a huge “Welcome, Red Sox Fans” sign that greeted them at the St. Louis airport. In the final game of the Series a very different set of behaviors was evident in Fenway Park when the Cardinals pitcher, Michael Wacha, was greeted with sarcastic chants of “Wacha, Wacha, Wacha” while he was on the mound.
I cannot imagine what it would be like to be 22 years old, taking the most difficult test of one’s life, and have a crowd of people derisively yelling your name. It reminded me of the worst sort of juvenile taunting and bullying I saw in grade school.
On behalf of other Red Sox fans and New Englanders who were disturbed by this unsportsmanlike behavior, I would like to apologize to Wacha, the rest of the Cardinals team, and the city and fans that they represent. Sports should be about bringing out the best in each other, not dragging one’s opponent down into the muck. The World Series title is sweet, but we didn’t have to get it that way.