My buddy Dan left me a message on my Facebook wall yesterday. It read, “yo man… Sox/Phils World Series, here we come!” It was Dan’s way of congratulating me on the Phillies eliminating the Brewers. But on a deeper, subconscious level, I think Dan, a Red Sox fan, was voicing his sincere support for the Phillies. I’m guessing most Red Sox fans dread the possibility of a Dodgers-Red Sox World Series. And for good reason.
Here’s the nightmare scenario: The Dodgers wrap up the World Series with a dramatic Game 7 win at Fenway. Manny Ramirez hits the game winning home run off an exhausted Jonathan Papelbon in the bottom of the ninth, then trots around the bases, dreadlocks flopping everywhere — Sox fans too shocked to even boo.
Nobody in Boston wants that. That’s why they’ll be rooting for the Phillies in the NLCS. And, on behalf of Philly fans everywhere, let me say, Boston, we welcome your support. Rooting against the Dodgers is something we can all do together.