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Saturday, August 30, 2003

Red Sox theology watch.

"I blame the Puritans for creating a certain strain of Red Sox fan," writes Michael P. Quinlin in this morning's Boston Globe.

The dire fatalists who founded Boston in 1630 were righteous zealots, to put it mildly. Theirs was a devotion gone awry, a lifelong preparation for salvation that never arrived, at least not in this lifetime. Cotton Mather, their chief mouthpiece, was opposed to dancing. He didn't believe in celebrating Christmas. Talk about being out in left field.

Fact I had forgotten: "For a short time the Red Sox were even called the Puritans. It's true. After the Boston Pilgrims won the first World Series in 1903, the team was renamed the Puritans in 1905 and 1906." Now there was a fatal miscalculation.

Copyright © 2003 by Philocrites | Posted 30 August 2003 at 11:01 AM

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