Ah, yes, October is on the horizon, and the baseball playoffs are indeed shaping up. It is time to put up or shut up. But, is it time to jump ship? Or maybe there are other things that should be considered first
In a recent article written by Benjamin Cossel, entitled “When Your Team Disappoints How Do You Stay Interested?“, he pines about the woes of his beloved Baltimore Orioles, this year and years past. He makes mention that his team was the victim of a 30-3 loss to the Texas Rangers. A feat that took 110 years to accomplish. He talks about the young Red Sox pitcher, Clay Buchholz (just called up from Triple-A Pawtucket) that no-hit the Orioles on September 1.
Now while I agree that it has been a tough year for the birds in Baltimore, does this mean that you should just jump ship and “adopt a late-season team”? I do not think so. I can say this with some authority as I am a fan of a team that, until recently (thank god) has been on the loosing end of baseball.
You see, I am a New York Mets fan, and, up until about two years ago, there was very little to cheer about. Sure, we had Mike Piazz,a but did you see the 2000 World Series? I did.
I watched the, as Benjamin called them, “pinhead Yankees” come in and flaunt their manufactured team around my beloved Shea and wallop my pinstriped pinheads. Granted, we won one game, I am investigating that one win because I truly believe the boys from the Bronx stayed home and sent the local high school team to come play the Mets. Let’s face it, the Mets looked bad.
Until recently, the only thing Mets fans had to cheer was a blast by Piazza in the first home game after the September 11, 2001 attacks. It brought a tear to your eye, if you know what I mean. Now he is gone and last I heard a designated hitter for the Oakland A’s.
So, from 1986 when I first met the Mets, I haven’t had a damn thing to cheer about. I have watched the Atlanta Braves (man that hurt to type that out) stomp all over my boys. I have seen the “bombers” and everyone in between bomb us. Then just when I think we have got it made, the Cardinals come in and win big in the last game of the NLCS. I could have cried.
So when your team “disappoints you” you don’t, in my opinion, jump ship. You stay true to the course. It seems to me that rooting for a team that “makes a regular task of embarrassing ‘my team’ ” seems traitorous in a way. It says to me that you want so badly to be a part of a winning team that you will sacrifice your “beloved team.” Call me crazy, but that doesn’t seem right.
I would suggest that if you like the Beantowners and all their “storied history” and “true gamers” and the fact that “Boston, like Baltimore, is a baseball town,” then maybe you should throw away your O’s hat and place a big ol’ “B” on your forehead.
A true lover of a team would, in my opinion, instead look to next year. Spend time pouring over the minor league information, watch the trades and free agent signings and hope that the right decisions will be made before the start of the following season.
Or you can turn to football. You said that your hopes for the playoffs have been dashed, football season is underway both college and professionally. Unless, of course, you are a Notre Dame fan [Note: Like Benjamin Cossel!]. Then, if you need a late season team, you might consider following USC.
The last suggestion I have, and this one has always worked for me, is to find the nearest Braves fan and give them a couple of tomahawk chops of your own.