Saturday, March 19, 2005

The anatomy of a fairweather fan

Here's the ingredients for creating your very own fairweather fan:

1. Expansion team - Since we came about in '69, only relatively recently have there been people who can claim themselves as a Padres fans, born and raised. And even more rare still is the fan who can claim "Padres fan, born and raised, and so was my mom and dad". And the guy who goes back two generations doesn't exist. This leads to...

2. Different allegiances - Quick count, how many people do you know count the Padres as their second favorite team. Our transplants may root as loud as anybody at the games for our Friars, and genuinely will want the Padres to win, but just wait till the Cubs/Cardinals/Reds/Pirates/Dodgers/Giants come to town. You grill these once "diehard" fans on why they're wearing the visiting team's colors and all they can reply is, "but I was born and raised this way."

3. Pessimistic local media - Personally, I think it's annoying when the Padres are losing and I hear Leitner refer to them as "your Padres". Then, when they're winning, it's "my Padres". I know some people think it's endearing, and it's Leitner being Leitner, but those people are the ones who have different allegiances. People who can say, yeah the Padres lost, but at least my Cubbies won. What about us fans, born and raised? How does that sound to us? Are you with us or against us? Well, sometimes I'm with you, and other times your on your own. I tell you, it's confusing. And some wonder why historically, fans haven't shown up when the Pads are losing. People listen to a loss and you get the announcer blaming the loss on you. Who wants that?

All that said, this news becomes a test. A test of faith. Listen to your buddies for the next few days. See how many of them see the possibility of Peavy losing time and say, "Well, it's just like the Padres." Then, read this and forget about what a jackass Bush was last year (Matt Bush my sensitive Republican friends). Forget about that, and try to think good thoughts. Happy, positive thoughts. I'll try to do the same.

6 Comments:

At 11:57 AM, Blogger Geoff said...

I have to come clean. I grew up in LA and was a Dodger fan for many years. However, as one who was "born and raised this way" I am living proof that it's possible to see the light. And to the pessimists out there, this organization is run a lot better than most. They aren't perfect and they do make mistakes, but they're doing a lot of good things. At the risk of sounding like a total homer, I'm quite proud to root for these guys. They've at least got an identifiable plan, which is more than many teams have.

 
At 3:21 PM, Blogger Dex said...

Hmmmm... Well, as long as you don't have any Dodger gear left I guess. Just goes to show that my recipe for a fairweather fan is missing a little something.

More research is required.

 
At 2:28 AM, Blogger Geoff said...

No gear. And there's no doubt I want the Pads to bury the Dodgers whenever they come to town. :-)

 
At 4:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey dex bmx gurl takin r u andys cuz because im one of his friends @ school and i no this is a little off topic from ur blog srry

 
At 5:00 PM, Blogger Dex said...

Yeah. You've met me, dude. You know I'm Andy's cousin. How come you don't hang out anymore?

 
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