Boston Red Sox fans, also known as Red Sox Nation or the Fenway Faithful, never give up.
Much like a marriage, Sox fans are always there for their team in the better seasons and the worst, with spendthrift payrolls and luxury tax overages, during the pandemic and in times of good health, loving and cherishing their team until death parts them. Red Sox Nation sits through the frigid temps of the early and late-season games (and hopefully, postseason play), and outlasted an 86-year curse.
And on Monday night, the Fenway Faithful reminded the world just how much this broken-down, last-place team means to them. A day after their team got officially eliminated from postseason contention, a legion of fans made the most of a lengthy rain delay by dancing in the downpour.
Red Sox fans show undying loyalty by dancing through torrential rainstorm at Fenway Park
Sox legend Fred Lynn also weighed in on the loyalty:
The sweet moment is a reminder of how much Sox fans put up with out of their love for this team. Calling it ‘putting up with’ isn’t even indicative of the way that Sox fans actually try to make the most out of the worst times. Sitting in the rain, paying to watch a team most people ruled out of contention months ago, they are loyal to a fault. Sometimes, many would argue, dangerously devoted.
Hopefully, the front office and ownership recognize and reward this display of devotion by building a better team for next season.
The iconic baseball film Field of Dreams famously tells us that if you build it ‘people will come,’ and that’s definitely true for most teams. The Baltimore Orioles, for example, have certainly seen an uptick in attendance as they’ve finally gotten out of the division basement.
But Red Sox fans are more like the Whos down in Whoville in Dr. Seuss’ iconic Yuletide story. Even when the Grinch stole everything from them in an attempt to ruin their holiday, they celebrated anyway, and Christmas “came just the same.”