Late spring and early summer is an amazing time to enjoy Boston. Everything is green. People are happy because we no longer have to wear our winter gear and shovel snow. Although your schedule may be just as busy during the summer, for some reason the atmosphere of the city seems a little more laid back than the rest of the year. This could have a lot to do with the fact that most of the 300,000 college students who live here 9 months out of the year have taken a three month sabbatical. Personally, I think the the general mood of the city is tied to the Red Sox. People in Boston (and New England, for that matter) love their sports teams. They love them so much so that I am convinced that Red Sox Baseball is the largest religion in New England. Seriously.

The Red Sox are a common bond between people in the city. If you have nothing else to talk about in awkward silences with strangers, it seems that most people inevitably turn to them for conversation? “Did you see that Ortiz is finally breaking out of his slump?” “How about that Kevin Youkilis?” “Did you see Dustin Pedrioa’s defense last night?” Almost every time I have witnessed something like this happen, inevitable the other person responds with an intelligent, knowledgeable comment in return.

Although I can think of a whole host of topics that carry a lot more significance to life than the Red Sox, having them as the common bond among Bostonians is a fun thing to witness. Here is the lesson for everyone not living in or visiting Boston: if you are going to spend some time in the city, make sure you at least catch the box score from the last game the Sox played.