In the interest of fairness, Red Sox fans, I will grant you this: Your team is a helluva lot better than the 2013 Yankees.
But before you go getting all cocky and irritating about it, bear in mind a few things:
1) The Yankees, despite their slightly-over .500 record, are horrible. They’re like a go-cart nailed together by a kid with two left arms. They’re old and/or they’re hurt—think Jeter, A-Rod, Texeira, Rivera, Pettitte, Wells, Gardner, Soriano. Or they’re young and not particularly good (sorry, Eduardo Nunez). Or they’re just not very good (Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain).
The Red Sox have been beating up on this team, which has required 55 players just to get through the season. The Sox should be beating up on this team.
2) That “tribute” to Mariano Rivera? You stay classy, Boston. Oh, wait—you’re not.
3) Those beards are very summer-in-Provincetown. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. More power to you guys for fielding an entire team of sexually ambiguous players.
4) In 2004, you juiced better than we juiced. It’s that simple.
In all seriousness, it’s pretty impressive, the way the Sox have come back after a terrible season last season, and I’m nervous, looking into a very uncertain Yankee future. But I still find the Sox a team that’s remarkably easy to dislike.