View Full Version : The Sox' "Ideal"

04-01-2005, 08:43 PM
Interesting piece by David Brooks in the New York Times March 29, about switching his allegiance from the Mets to the Nationals, and what it is that a fan is a fan of. One explanation is a “philosophical attachment", which he characterizes by the following “ideals:”

Red Sox: “Nobility through suffering”
Cubs: “It is better to be loved than feared.”
Yankees: “All cower before the greatness that is Rome.”
Mets: “God smiles upon his darlings”


What about the Sox? Something about Original Sin maybe, or the downtrodden working man? No, here’s mine:

Sox: “Stone of Sisyphus”

For those in Rio Linda:

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Stone of Sisyphus is the title of an unreleased concept album (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concept_album) by the pop band Chicago (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_%28band%29). [Not what I had in mind, but appropriate anyway]

Recorded and set for release in 1993 [Sox: 1994], the album was to mark the return to the sound the band had established in their glory years of the 1970s (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1970s) [Sox: 1950s] The songs on the album were to have built around the legend of the album's title--the myth evolving around a punished man named Sisyphus (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sisyphus) forced to climb up a huge mountain with a rolling stone. Upon reaching the mountaintop successfully with the stone, he would be free of the curse. But the stone kept rolling down the mountain, thus he would have to start all over again.