Game Is the Same
The Hiller Instinct: Game Is the Same
Begin with the obvious, the Red Sox are not President Bush. He won the World Series of politics just three years ago, while the sox haven't won a championship since before the president's father was born.
John Kerry (D) Presidential Candidate
"So who says I don't have the matzoh balls to be here today (laughter)?"
John Kerry has chutzpah... and so do the Sox. Kerry has been in battle, and the Sox have too. But the Red Sox are not Kerry because they have no trouble connecting emotionally with their fans... and he does.
"Tell me three words to describe you."
Howard Dean (D) Presidential Candidate
"Hard-working, intense and results oriented."
Those same words could well describe the Sox, but while Howard Dean now claims to be a Red Sox fan, the native New Yorker once rooted for the Yankees. So, sorry doc, you can't be the one.
And neither can Al Sharpton, because he lives in New York City.
Gen. Wesley Clark (D) Presidential Candidate, Sept. 26
"I've never been partisan before. I've been a democrat for two weeks. I'm proud to be a democrat."
The Red Sox can't be Wesley Clark, he has an identity crisis and this team knows exactly what it stands for.
John Edwards (D) Presidential Candidate
"I believe, have believed for a long time and continue to believe..."
Now there's something any Red Sox fan could say, so John Edwards is close... until you remember he's from the south, while the cowboy-up Sox are wild west.
Dick Gephardt also comes close. Like the Sox, he's been trying to win for a long time and he also has a "must win", but it's in Iowa, not Fenway Park or Yankee Stadium.
So I'd say the candidate most like the Red Sox is Joe Lieberman, because wouldn't it be just like the Red Sox to win the World Series but somehow lose?
Joe Lieberman (D) Presidential Candidate
"I know I can beat George Bush. Why? Al Gore and I already did it."
The line between politics and baseball is blurry. We want candidates to hit home runs in debates; we make players public figures and shortly after the World Series ends, the democrats will begin their league championship series, I mean presidential primaries.