Few days in Boston go by without a front-page headline involving a sports team. The Red Sox, Bruins, Patriots and Celtics draw fans from the entire New England region, and those who follow the teams are some of the most passionate and involved in the nation.”They really really care. They’re emotionally invested in it,” Bruins forward Shawn Thornton said. “If you don’t play well, you hear about it. I hear about it. It’s not like that everywhere. They really care. It might not be the easiest place to play, but it makes it one of the greatest.”The intensity of the Boston sports community demands that players perform at the highest level no matter the circumstances.”You have to have a lot of things covered as a ballplayer, as a person in the community to go to Boston,” Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes said. “That’s just not really the landing spot for a couple years or the in-between good and bad years. They expect you to bring it. And I would think all organizations do, but I think you can kind of hide it in other places.”Due in large part to this environment, every year seems to be a remarkable one in… Read full this story
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