Why is it people love to claim they’re from Boston but are not? If you live in the suburbs, grew up in the suburbs, and went to school in the suburbs, you can can’t tout that you’re from Boston. On Wednesday, Tony Massarotti aka Mazz from Felger and Mazz, posted a column on cbs local about the recent racism scandal at Fenway Park. And here’s how he starts it:
“I was born in Boston, raised there, schooled there, and now live there. I’ve worked there my entire professional life and consider myself extremely fortunate to have done so.”
Fact check. The only true part of these statement is that he works in Boston. Massarotti was born in Waltham. Graduated from Waltham High. And currently resides in Sudbury.
Growing up in Boston during the 1970’s and 80’s was very different from growing up in Waltham during that period. Apples and oranges. And living in Sudbury today is also very different from living in the city of Boston.
Why do people do that? Why do they feel the need to boast they are from a city which they are not. Granted Waltham is close to Boston but it is not Boston. I get when people do it when traveling and it’s just easier to say “I’m from Boston” then to say I’m from a city 20 minutes outside of Boston.
Massarotti goes onto to write this:
“As a Bostonian, I’m embarrassed by what took place at Fenway Park on Monday night. As a Bostonian, I’m proud of what took place there on Tuesday. And as a Bostonian, I hope we don’t ever have to experience it all again — today, tomorrow or beyond.”
Not once. Not twice. But three times he claims he is a Bostonian. Maybe at heart but you did not grow up here. You do not live here. Take pride in the fact you grew up on the mean streets of Waltham and now reside on the meaner streets of Sudbury. Your neighbors in Sudbury and your old crew you rolled with in Waltham are probably insulted that you’re distancing yourself from those neighborhoods.
I grew up in Southie during the 1970’s and 80’s, and I lived through busing. Mazz and I are two years apart. I guarantee that my life and our experiences were very different. I still live in Southie and am raising a family in Southie which is also extremely different than life in Sudbury. Has Mazz had to drive around looking for a parking spot for 45 minutes? I’ll be he just pulls into his driveway.
My advice to Mazz is be proud of your roots. Waltham is a nice place but it’s not Boston. If you want to be a proud Bostonian – move here.