From The Cambridge Chronicle:
Cambridge - The official start to the 2008 baseball season is about a month away, but the age-old rivalry between the Yankees and Red Sox is already getting ugly.
A group of men — some with Irish accents — beat up a 23-year-old Cambridge man and sent him to the hospital after they spotted him sporting a Yankees baseball cap.
Witnesses told police the group of apparent diehard Red Sox fans beat up the victims after an argument inside a Central Square bar. The group then ran away on Mass. Ave. towards Harvard Square.
The Yankees fan was transported to the hospital March 2 at 1:41 a.m. for medical treatment for head injuries, including swelling over his entire face and several facial cuts, according to police reports.
The victim’s sobbing girlfriend told police the couple went to the Cantab Lounge at 738 Mass. Ave. midnight Saturday. The couple was inside the bar for a while when a large group of people came up to them and started arguing with the victim because he was wearing a New York Yankees baseball cap, according to police reports.
The couple left the bar without further confrontation, but the group allegedly followed them outside on the street as they walked home, according to reports.
Then the mob of Red Sox fans allegedly threw the victim to the ground and repeatedly kicked him.
The victim told police he could not clearly remember what happened and only recalled getting into an argument about his baseball cap, leaving the bar and lying on the ground while the men kicked him in the head.Now I know this isn't a fair representation of all Red Sox fans, I'm sure there are a few decent ones. But this isn't the first time I've heard of something like this happening.
Its one thing to be cursed at, and I'll even accept peanuts being thrown at, or a little beer being poured on someone -- that kind of stuff happens quite often in both NY and Boston. But what kind of moron do you have to be to physically hurt someone because they root for another team? What are we, English soccer fans?
I've had friends who've gone up to that dump they call a ballpark, only to be sucker-punched without provocation by one of these drunken idiots. Then to make matters worse, the wonderful Fenway staff kicks the Yankee fans out for "inciting a riot."
Another friend of mine had his car's windows broken and tires popped because he committed the crime of having a Yankees bumper sticker.
Classy people in Boston, eh?
(I'm aware that this happens in NY as well, but c'mon, we all know where this kind of behavior occurs more frequently)