I’m a Red Sox fan.
In that capacity, I’m small-minded enough to wonder (churlishly) whether Pedroia should be starting over Cano in the All-Star Game. You’ve got to give it to Cano based on his .917 OPS. And the truth of Pedroia is that you have to watch 130 or so of his games every year to see all the little things he does remarkably well, in ways that don’t necessarily show up in any stats column. And I don’t watch Cano that way, so maybe he’s every bit as good.
That’s not the point. It’s just an example of how hard it is for a Boston fan to let go of atavistic responses to the Yankees. And atavistic is just what they are. Yankee-hating hasn’t made any sense since the Steinbrenner era. How do you hate a class act like Jeter?
But this story about Mo Rivera actually made me verklempt. We judge the great on how they treat the little people. This is pretty hard to top.