A few days ago the New York Times ran a story–Are the Red Sox Ready to Become the Yankees?–that asked whether the Sox are ready “to replace the Yankees as the team the nation loves to hate.” Somehow the notion exists that Sox fans take more pleasure from the franchise’s history of heart-breaking collapse than they do from success. Wrong. We managed to embrace the Patriots’ transformation from laughing stock to NFL franchise of the decade, and we’ll cope with our high expectations for the Red Sox. And no matter how successful, the Red Sox will not become the Yankees. It’s hard to imagine the Bosses Steinbrenner putting up with their pin-striped players’ dancing on the field during post-game celebrations.