Sports Q: At what age did you care the most about sports?


Welcome to’s Sports Q, our each day dialog, initiated by you and moderated by Chad Finn, a few compelling subject in Boston sports activities. Here’s the way it works: You submit inquiries to Chad by Twitter, Facebook, and e mail. He’ll decide one every weekday to reply, then we’ll take the dialogue to the feedback. Chad will cease by a number of instances per day to navigate. But you drive the dialog.

 At what age did you care essentially the most about sports activities?

I’ve heard it mentioned earlier than that age 12 is the top of sports activities fandom. The problems that include being a young person are nonetheless sooner or later, and also you’ve constructed up a base of information {that a} child of eight or 9 doesn’t have. I believe that’s fairly legitimate.

That mentioned, it was most likely somewhat earlier for me. When I used to be 12, the Red Sox had simply misplaced Carlton Fisk and traded Fred Lynn, Rick Burleson and Butch Hobson, in order that was the yr I began to study that your favourite groups and gamers don’t stick round perpetually. The Red Sox impressed cynicism even in youngsters in these days.

I believe for me the top – the purpose the place I cared about sports activities essentially the most and considered it on a regular basis – was most likely at age 10 in 1979. The Red Sox nonetheless had a loaded younger roster that includes all of my heroes coming off the ’78 heartbreak; it nonetheless appeared like Lynn, Yaz, Eck, Jim Rice, and the remaining had a World Series of their future, if not two. And the Celtics had simply added Larry Bird. That labored out fairly effectively. For somebody whose favourite sports activities had been (and nonetheless are) baseball and basketball, that was a particular time.

I’ll say this although: I actually cared about sports activities deeply in my late 20s, particularly when it pertained to the Red Sox. Those Nomar-Pedro groups had been so likable – and the Yankees had been so rattling good and really easy to despise – that it was extremely satisfying when the Red Sox received, and disappointing to the purpose during which my temper was altered for the more severe after they misplaced. I lived alone in Concord, N.H., and I cared about each sport each evening then. For higher or worse, sports activities typically stuffed in these gaps of loneliness.

But age 10? Age 10 is unquestionably after I cared essentially the most. I ought to notice that Lynn, Rice and Hobson mixed for 106 homers that yr, and I most likely reenacted each certainly one of them enjoying Wiffle Ball that summer time. Happy instances.

How about you? How previous had been you while you cared essentially the most about sports activities? I’ll hear you within the feedback.