Watching the Houston series was pretty wild. There were wins and losses. The comebacks were monumental, and the initial loss devastating, but all the while, sitting in the Astros’ stands were the Fenway faithful. Yes, in Houston the crowd could be heard yelling. “Let’s go Red Sox! Let’s go Red Sox!”
New Englanders know that fans of this team are all over the country. We see this when we travel to other cities and spy Red Sox hats and t-shirts. We see them in the stands when we sit home at night watching the games. Never, though, have I heard the cheers for the Red Sox quite like those expressed in Texas. This begs the question: why the concentration of such devoted fans in Texas a place best known for ten-gallon hats and barbeque, not scully caps and chowdah?!? It was then that I took to the Internet in search for an answer to my question.
I quickly found a meetup group filled with 286 active members located in Houston, TX. They get together to watch, or attend, games. This must have been the group making all that noise during the games. Could they have gone to all of the games in Houston? I suppose so. Anything seems possible after winning 70 games, 1 more game than we won during the entire 2012 season.
Finally, I found that there are 41 Red Sox Nation groups in 33 states with just over 9000 members nationwide. There is a whole organization called the Governors of Red Sox Nation that live all over the United States (and Canada). Most of the states do not have baseball teams, and are not members of the American League. For those states that the Red Sox do travel to, it is up to these groups to start whooping it up like their fellow fans in Houston.
The bar has been set, Red Sox Nation, let’s get to those games and make your voices heard!