The Red Sox and Philosophy
Green Monster Meditations
Edited by Michael Macomber
Foreword by Dick Bresciani
Volume 48 in the Popular Culture and Philosophy® series
Loyalty to a great cause raises some of the most profound issues in philosophy, and loyalty to the greatest of all causes, the Boston Red Sox, poses these questions in the sharpest possible way.
The Red Sox and Philosophy brings together a team of thirty of America’s leading thinkers (twenty-eight of them citizens of Red Sox Nation), to unravel some of the mysteries of the Red Sox.
Can we adapt Anselm’s proof of the existence of God to prove that the Red Sox are the greatest conceivable sports team? Why are Red Sox fans moral heroes? Can the science of sabermetrics be reconciled with the religion of baseball? Are pink Red Sox hats rationally defensible? These and other challenging problems are solved in The Red Sox and Philosophy.
“From Immanuel Kant to Manuel Aristides Ramirez, it’s all here. Proof positive that all thinking men are Red Sox fans. The Red Sox and Philosophy reminds us that the Boston American League franchise is much more than a mere baseball team.”
—Dan Shaughnessy, author of The Curse of the Bambino
“Many books deal with the so-called ‘deep’ problems of philosophy—What is truth? What’s the nature of goodness? Does God exist? The book you hold in your hands deals with them as well, and it does so brilliantly. But The Red Sox and Philosophy also goes much deeper. For it addresses such classic questions as: Is Johnny Damon evil? Is it morally wrong to resell Red Sox tickets? Should Bill Buckner be forgiven? And could Roger Clemens have been a knuckleballer? Along the way it gives you a chance to match wits with all the great thinkers—from Aristotle and Friedrich Nietzsche to Bill Lee and Bill James. You can’t have more fun outside of Fenway Park.”
—David Detmer, author of Challenging Postmodernism: Philosophy and the Politics of Truth
A lifelong Red Sox fan, Michael Macomber is finishing his dissertation on aesthetic theory at the New School for Social Research in New York City. He hopes his work will contribute to the understanding that only Red Sox fans can have the highest level of appreciation for beauty and artistic integrity. Dick Bresciani is Vice President and Official Historian of the Boston Red Sox.
Publisher's Note: Open Court regrets any offense that may be caused by the inclusion in this volume of one chapter by an unrepentant Yankees fan. While we recognize that some readers may be distressed by the dissemination of this controversial material, Open Court has traditionally maintained that the principle of free expression should be extended to all points of view, however vile or degenerate some of them may be.