Thursday, April 07, 2005

Dreary Towers of Fenway Park

Belfast native Walter Ellis is now living in New York. However, before he moved to New York Ellis spent enough time in Boston with his family to be given citizenship in Red Sox Nation.

Ellis's introduction to Red Sox Nation was in 2002, but he seems to have fully grasped what it's all about:
In the spring of 2002, six months after my arrival in America, I was inducted by my five Irish-American brothers-in-law, from Cambridge, Massachusetts, into Red Sox Nation. So far as I could judge, this meant being inured to failure and embracing it as a beloved badge of identity. The nation that whinges together stays together.
Ellis paraphrases Churchill's famous speech about the steeples of Fermanagh and Tyrone to describe Red Sox fans' suffering, which was ended last October.