Growing up a Red Sox fan I'm happy to see Cleveland win a championship and would love to see the Cubs win the WS in a year the Sox were not in the World series. Growing up a Red Sox fan was a special kind of suffering: I was born in 1968 and my whole life they have had solid to stellar teams almost every year and came so close so many times, so the disappointment was not a slow realization they are having a bad year but a stab in the heart. Just in my lifetime so many just missed playoffs/pennants, Bucky Effing Dent, Bill Buckner, Aaron Boone, a few close playoff series, etc etc. Ironically, since winning in 2004 its just not the same being a Red Sox fan, no longer the hard luck underdog but the big salary big market team.
As far as Larry Bird goes, not sure how much his d-bagness was just trash talking or if he was a jerk off the court. Those things didn't get the coverage they do today, they weren't followed around by paparazzi etc. so who knows. I thought of Bird a couple years ago when the defensive back for the Seahawks (Sherman?) trash talked after a huge playoff game and people went crazy calling him all kinds of names. Larry Bird did that 50 times a year but if you were not a local boy watching post game interviews you wouldn't know, there was no Sportcenter or internet. We called him "competitive".