I am not
one of those people that would ever be accused of being a huge
sports fan. I don't know stats, can't tell you every name of every
member of the ball club, can't give you the last list of the last
10 managers of one of the greatest teams in baseball.
Is that what is needed to be a fan? Is it not enough to try to
follow as many games as possible, to root for the team in good
times and bad, to be confident in the ability of the club to
rebound every year?
If it's not, I guess I'm not a fan.
That said, if I'm not, I
do a mean impression. I'm writing this during game 3 of the ALCS
series, where the Yankees are ahead by 7 in the game itself and up
by 2 in the series.
Make that up by 9, and I couldn't be happier. True, I missed some
games this year. Then again, I know diehards who give up on the
team within a month of the season opening because the pitching
isn't up to snuff.
Still, there will be those who say I'm a 'fair-weather fan.' There
are worse things. All I can tell you is that right now, I'm as hung
up on seeing the next pitch as the season ticket holders who never
miss a game.
To me, that's what matters. Diehard or once a year, a fan's a fan.
Be a fan of something, it can be rewarding once in a while.
For example, when your team is stomping a bunch of dirtbags from