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Is Red Sox Nation tired of its team?

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07:44 AM ET 07.28 | Boston has slipped from first to fifth in local television viewership of its baseball telecasts. Ratings for Red Sox games on NESN in the first half of the season fell almost 36 percent from the same period last year, according to an analysis of Nielsen Media Research data by the SportsBusiness Journal. ... Both television and radio ratings were hurt early in the season by the playoff runs of the Bruins, whose games air on NESN, and the Celtics, whose games air on WEEI-AM. Those games caused Red Sox broadcasts to be bumped to alternate outlets. Still, that is not the whole story, some fans say. "I wish it wasn't true, but we have some fair-weather friends in Boston," said John Fiore, 59, a Dorchester writer and filmmaker who considers himself a big fan.

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July 28, 2010  08:01 AM ET

"I wish it wasn't true, but we have some fair-weather friends in Boston..."

Now THAT is an interesting observation!

July 28, 2010  08:20 AM ET

Every city has fair-weather fans. Boston just more than others.

July 28, 2010  08:21 AM ET

All teams have fair weather fans. Fans tend to have very short attention spans, when a team is expected to content right from the start and they fall 8 games back, a lot of the fans that stop watching for whatever reason find something else to do and don't come back.

July 28, 2010  08:40 AM ET

The Red Sox get back it it they'll start watching again, winning does that. Well, unless you're the Tampa Bay Rays.

July 28, 2010  09:07 AM ET
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let me make it perfectly clear...i'm tired of the red sox...the nation - whatever the hell that means...the owners, their fans, the press....you name it, I'm tired of it...boring!

I am tired of the term "nation" when it applies to any team...but Red Sox fans have always been particularly annoying even before 2004. After they got their turn they just became obnoxious

July 28, 2010  09:25 AM ET

Could it just be that Sox's window of opportunity is closing? They had a nice run but their roster is made of mostly aging veterans or very young players. Happens to everyone

July 28, 2010  09:36 AM ET
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the farm system has really fallen fast. based on what I read from the media and fans, the sox i read about would've had no problem filling in for the injured players this year b/c every player at every level of the sox minor league system was not only major league ready, they were pretty much all stars. prospects are suspects...all of them. hell, look at strasburg now...his career could span 8 games.

I know, I went out and bought a Strasburg authentic jersey for $200...I am using it to wipe my **** now

July 28, 2010  09:38 AM ET
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Theoretically, there will always be a window of opportunity until the math says no.But theoretically, pigs can fly if they develop the right ear muscles, expand the scope of their ears and lose a LOT of weight. Which sort of describes the Sox right now.

You get right to the point in as Oregon Trail kinda way

July 28, 2010  09:41 AM ET

casual fans are not going to get all geeked up to watch Bill Hall, McDonald, Naja, and whomever is the .150 hitting catcher of the day. When 3 of the top 4 hitters in the lineup are out for months and 2 of the starting 5 are out...what exactly is the appeal to watch unless your a big baseball fan?

July 28, 2010  09:42 AM ET

Sox fans.......Whatever you do, we don't want you jumping on the Yankees bandwagon.

July 28, 2010  09:43 AM ET

Sloppy Papi on the juice.....and it still is not enough.

July 28, 2010  09:46 AM ET
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casual fans are not going to get all geeked up to watch Bill Hall, McDonald, Naja, and whomever is the .150 hitting catcher of the day. When 3 of the top 4 hitters in the lineup are out for months and 2 of the starting 5 are out...what exactly is the appeal to watch unless your a big baseball fan?

Oh but according to Peter Gammons everyone in New England is a knowledgeable baseball fan

July 28, 2010  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

"I wish it wasn't true, but we have some fair-weather friends in Boston..." Now THAT is an interesting observation!

That is clearly a PHD in Journalism that is making this observation, no?

July 28, 2010  09:51 AM ET
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That's exactly the point. To quote the imminently quotable "Major League,"" Who ARE these clowns?"

You must have been watching the TV edit version


"Who are these **** guys?"

July 28, 2010  10:03 AM ET
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A sidebar question, which is REALLY the heart of the question, is how is attendance? THAT will tell you the truth of the matter. Attending a game is an experience, watching one on TV is an experiment. "Amuse me or I'm gone."What is immeasurable, ergo of no value to the punsters, is how many people turn to the sports pages and check the Sox' results? How many 'tune in' or ESPN or whomever to see the outcome. You can care but just might not have the cojones to watch the carnage.

I love baseball. Always have and always will. But seriously, there is only so much baseball you can watch on tv (BEFORE the post season) before I really want to start tearing my eyeballs out of my skull...

July 28, 2010  10:19 AM ET
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Oh but according to Peter Gammons everyone in New England is a knowledgeable baseball fan

Heck, if Joba Chamberlain was on the Sox roster, Pater Gammons would still be saying hes the best setup man in baseball.

July 28, 2010  11:13 AM ET
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i'll take it one step further for you...i've been on these boards for about 3 yrs now...good god, what have I done with my life..evenso....the traffic on these boards ebbs and flows with the success of the sox. if the sox are doing well, threads will have at least 1000 comments a day...if the sox are doing poorly...it gets to 300. after last years follies, a lot of what you would call regular commentators have just dissappeared...like a fart in the wind and you don't see them around here any more. and its a good thing...most of them just regurgitated the BS that the Boston media flung there way. people are funny....ive had a few occasions where I see a person wearing a red sox cap and when I start talking to them about baseball and tell them I'm a yankee fan they'll say......a..well, i don't even follow baseball..i just like the hat. i call bulllllllshiiiiit

I miss BobBoston....haven't seen that lugnut since 2008.

July 28, 2010  11:39 AM ET

I've been tired of this team since they signed Manny. But I do like Theo Epstein. Kinda ironic, no?

July 28, 2010  11:52 AM ET
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Heck, if Joba Chamberlain was on the Sox roster, Pater Gammons would still be saying hes the best setup man in baseball.

HaHa...cynical but true!!!

 
July 28, 2010  11:55 AM ET
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i remember that guy...Ellsbury Rocks always stuck out for me...never figured that one out. he used to post things like "ellsbury is a beast"i thinjk he was gay for ellsbury

Yeah...every post that tool would say something like "boston is the city of champions"...hahaha...clown.

Well, Ellsbury looks the type.

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