“Our” country, city, ball club.

Headline from Huff Post, “Red Sox Ceremony: Boston Honors Victims, Police; David Ortiz Says ‘This Is Our F–king City'”
I know a lot of people will forget this next sentence after they read the rest: America, Boston, the Red Sox and David Ortiz deserve a rousing feel-good ceremony after the horrific events of last week.
However, I don’t know who Ortiz was including in “our.” America? Boston? The Red Sox? I assume he meant Boston, since he was naturalized as an American citizen and plays baseball there. What bothers me is that his aggressive rhetoric, the “F” word in this context, is exactly part of the reason two young immigrants, American citizens, could think of bombing and killing innocent people. It is paart of the very reason that a troubled young man can think of using guns against six-year olds. Sports are great, and focused aggression help you win, but America has a pathological assumption that aggression solves problems. That violence is a solution to all our troubles.
And I’m glad the Red Sox won last night, even though I’m a Royals fan.

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