What people who don’t live here don’t understand is that those of us who live in Massachusetts, especially those of us who live in eastern Massachusetts, all consider ourselves Bostonians. We are proud of our history, warts and all, and the vibrant intellectualism of “The Athens of America”. Butwe are also proud of our scrappy individualism.
The Boston Celtics is our team, the Boston Rad Sox is our team, the Boston Bruins are our team and the Boston Marathon is our Marathon. At this time of year we usually have all four events happening at once and we all expect to be kept informed of the events happening at each venue. Celtics and Bruin scores are announced at Red Sox games, jumbotrons show pictures of other sporting events when teams are in close competitions. There are very few places in the country where sports teams so regularly extend the season into the playoffs to make this glut of professional sports possible year after year. Although it never feels like its been easy. Our teams like to keep us holding our breaths until the last minute, but in the end they usually pull through and make it to the playoffs.
Maybe this is why we keep hearing the words “You messed with the wrong city.” Because even though we come from different socioeconomic, educational and religious backgrounds, when you mess with one of us, you will end up dealing with all of us. We are used to being in it for the long haul, what ever it takes. Like our sports teams, we are focused and determined. If we don’t see the finish line this year, we will work harder than ever to strengthen our talents and our resolve and will be back stronger and more determined next year. And the year after. And the year after that.