Boston and Barbies
Raymond Metz took merciless ribbing at work for his taste in sports teams. What could he expect? He worked in New York and yet rooted enthusiastically for Boston. Not just the Red Sox; the New England Patriots were his football team. The Bruins were his hockey team. Mr. Metz even had season tickets to the Patriots.
"So he was very popular in downtown Manhattan," said his wife, Patrice. "It made for a lot of sports bets."
One of the reasons Mr. Metz and his wife picked Trumbull, Conn., to live with their two young daughters was that it made the trip to the New England football games more palatable.
Mr. Metz, 37, a currency broker for Euro Brokers, was born in Ohio, but his family moved to the North Shore of Boston when he was young. He was the state champion in the hurdles in high school and continued to play hockey and ski as an adult.
When you're a Boston sports fan, you need to protect the tradition, so he was methodically indoctrinating his daughters, Natalie and Halie. "It was working," his wife said. "He used to get them all the paraphernalia from the Boston teams." But he would settle for indulging in their interests. As his wife put it, "He was equally happy painting the girls' nails and playing with Barbies while watching a hockey match."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on November 9, 2001.