Thursday, April 9, 2009

i'm going to rant. consider yourself warned.

you know what really chaps my hide?

Rays "fans".

seriously. you've watched baseball for, what? three months out of your whole life? up until last August, you didn't even know you *had* a baseball team. evidence: the same 45 people showed up to your games for the last decade. (and this email is *not* directed at those people, nor those who got interested last season & are actually making an effort to learn more about & find enjoyment in the game; *those* people i believe truly qualify as real live fans.) the rest of the crowd were all fans of the away team or baseball fans on vacation looking to catch a game while they were in town.

so. today you're going to stand at my desk and whine about:

a) how boring the game of baseball is.

b) how it's not fair that the AL Champs have to open on the road in Boston.

c) how no games should ever be played in Boston at the start of the season because the weather is too crappy in April for baseball to be played there.

d) how there's so much less to watch than during a football game.

e) how long the game is.

f) how you can't imagine how *anyone* could ever watch an entire season of something as mundane as baseball.

there might have been more but i tuned out.

let me help you "fans" out with these dilemmas you're facing:

a) baseball isn't boring if you understand & enjoy it. just because you can't wrap your mind around the subtleties of the sport doesn't make *it* stupid.

b) as a couple of my fellow Sox fans shared in an online conversation i was reading: after winning (that's *winning*, not just playing in) the World Series in 2004, the Sox opened 2005 on the road at Yankee Stadium. after winning the World Series in 2007, the Sox got to open 2008 in JAPAN. the Red Sox have not opened a season at Fenway since 2002. so in a nutshell? get over it. just because a team hasn't won a championship in 11 years of existence doesn't mean they are entitled to win the World Series, and just because you got to the World Series last year doesn't mean you get to start the season at home. you go where the schedule takes you because there are 29 other teams in the league to consider when they create a schedule.

c) baseball is meant to be played outdoors. not in that abysmal pit of warehouse. sometimes it rains outside. sometimes it even snows in April (just ask the White Sox & Indians fans!). rain delays & rain outs are part of the game of baseball. that's why we have double headers and make up games.

d) i am a football fan as well so it's not like you can engage me in a baseball vs football face off. so, since i love them both, i can very neutrally point out to you that there is *just* as much happening in a baseball game at any given moment as there is in football. and for as many "dull" moments as there are in a baseball game, during pitching changes or mound conferences, may i remind you that there are just as many during football games during timeouts, huddles and play reviews every five minutes.

e) again, as a football fan, let me assure you that the games last roughly the same amount of time: three hours on average, sometimes two & a half hours--and occasionally there's overtime which is the same thing as going to extra innings. just because there's a clock in football doesn't mean the game goes any slower without one, and may i remind you that fifteen minutes on the football clock usually take about 30 to actually play anyway.

f) because some of us understand what we're watching and we enjoy it, whether you comprehend that or not. i truly appreciate that baseball (or football or *anything* really) isn't for everyone, so why must it be "boring and stupid" just because *you* don't find something enjoyable?? can't we just say that whatever it is just isn't for us? because someone somewhere enjoys it and that needs to be respected.

are we straight now, baby unbearable adolescent junior-high-maturity Rays "fans"? (babies are actually cute, which you are not, so sorry, you don't qualify as babies.)

better yet? STOP WATCHING. if you're that freaking miserable, turn. it. off. it's really not that difficult. i do it all the time: basketball games, golf, tennis. if it doesn't interest me, I CHANGE THE CHANNEL. i am not such a dimwit that i continue watching what bores me.

i will take a Yankees fan any day of the week over a Rays "fan" because at least the Yankees fans *get it*. we may not agree on some things but a Yankees fan (and i don't mean the people who wear the gear as a fashion statement here, but the actual *fan* of the game) understands the game with all its subtleties & nuances. they appreciate the game of baseball for what it is. and most of them have been watching it for more than ten minutes.

i get it that baseball isn't for everyone and you know what? that's fine. but i love it. i understand it. i look forward to it every off-season with much anticipation. i watch as many Sox games during the season as i possibly can. and when my team isn't playing? i will even turn on the games of *other* teams. i actually feel like an even happier person when there's baseball to be watched. so if it truly is that much agony for you to watch it? do us both a favor & find something else to watch. we'll both be happier for it.

20 with their own thoughts:

Phare Thursday, April 09, 2009 11:27:00 AM  

I personally am not big in to sports but I have to agree with you on what you said. You don't like it change the chan. Its an easy concept.

It sucks that you seemed to be getting harassed this morning by a numskull.

xschmittyx Thursday, April 09, 2009 11:34:00 AM  

Hahah...I couldn't help but laugh at how true the things you said are.The Rays have been the red-headed step child of the AL East for much of their existence.Now,people who couldn't even tell you their starting lineup wanna act like they give a crap about "their team" or even the sport of baseball.I may be a Yankees fan,but I think this is one thing we can agree on.Appreciate it before you rip it.

RileyScott Thursday, April 09, 2009 11:48:00 AM  

Yeah, I hate it when people choose ignorance over trying to understand what you find enjoyable about a sport.

I've been a Yankees fan for a long time, my Dad's the biggest one I've ever seen actually. And while I'm not particularly riveted by the television coverage, I love playing the game and going to the stadium. Yankees is actually the easier way I know to talk to my Dad, and I follow the sport so we have something to talk about. Plus I get a kick out of pissing off the Mets and Sox (no offense) fans at work.

I can totally relate to what your going through though. I play a "Collectible Card Game" called Magic: The Gathering Online. In fact i have a separate blog for the subject all it's own. It's my sport, and I follow it much like other people follow baseball or football. And it really pisses me off when it comes out that I like this thing, and then people are like "I don't get it, it sounds stupid"

I so totally know how you feel

Anna Kauz Thursday, April 09, 2009 12:52:00 PM  

Oh no and to think we're moving to Tampa soon... I don't want to deal with that, I like the good ole' real fans, which I'm hoping to become because the Cardinals will be so far away, and yes, sadly, we'll need a new team!!

Anyways, yes, I agree with what you say, people need to stop complaining and turn the channel!!

Anonymous,  Thursday, April 09, 2009 1:00:00 PM  

Some people are just sent to try us. Unfortunately, they're usually the ones with the loudest opinions!

Anonymous,  Thursday, April 09, 2009 1:08:00 PM  

Wow! I love your posting. I grew up with baseball and when people who don't like it whine and complain about baseball, it drives me nuts. I may not have a team any more like I used to (some days I lean towards the Cubbies) but I still love baseball with all my heart. I hope I finally get to see a pro game this year. It's been years since I even have seen one on TV!

Fidgeting Gidget Thursday, April 09, 2009 3:03:00 PM  

How wonderful it is to read the rants of a proud FEMALE sports fan who actually knows what she is talking about! We're few and far between.... :) Keep it up!

Karen Amanda Hooper Thursday, April 09, 2009 3:08:00 PM  

I can proudly say that I DID NOT jump on the Rays bandwagon last season. I'm not sure a fauxhawk would look good on me. I gave up on the Orioles years ago and just haven't fallen in love with another team yet. (Well, except for the Cullens, I'd watch them play baseball all day long :)

remember moments Thursday, April 09, 2009 3:21:00 PM  

I am soooooooooooooooooo with you on many of those points...especially, that baseball should be played OUTSIDE and it is not boring. Aaaaaaaggggghhh! I can't stand when people say baseball is boring. NO IT ISN'T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They probably just don't understand the game. (like it's *that* hard).

Jane Ellen+ Thursday, April 09, 2009 4:22:00 PM  

Amen, and amen! But then, I have a low threshold for whining.

I would no doubt find whatever appeals to your *ahem* esteemed colleague just as inane as they believe baseball to be, but I'd like to think I would at least be polite enough not to say so. Strangely enough, the "do unto others" approach works in sports spectating as well as anywhere else...

~**Dawn**~ Thursday, April 09, 2009 6:11:00 PM  

xschmittyx: You prove my point perfectly. We may support different teams & be sporting an almost century-long rivalry, but when it comes to the game of baseball, we have a mutual understanding & respect for the game. You know where all these Rays "fans" came from? Just ask the Tampa Bay Lightning. I bet they'll recognize those faces. =P

RileyScott: Taunting & tormenting fans of other baseball teams is part of the fun. As long as you truly support a team and appreciate the game, that's all that matters. I will respect any true fan of the game. Even if I question their choice in teams. ;-)

Anna: You can still be a Cardinals fan in Tampa! I moved to Florida from New England seven years ago & I didn't pick a new team. You can keep up with your team by watching online with an MLBtv subscription or on tv by ordering Extra Innings! If you're going to go "loacl" though, please support the Marlins. ;-) You'll get most of their games for "free" on regular cable in the Tampa area.

Lucylastica: Indeed they are!

Lulu: We've got plenty of room for real fans of baseball on the Red Sox bandwagon! ;-)

Fidgeting Gidget: I may be decidely girly but I *love* me some baseball & football!

Karen: Thank heaven for that! Seriously, have you ever seen anything so foolish as the RayHawk?? We've got plenty of room for you too in Red Sox Nation. ;-) Or you can support the Marlins if you want to keep it somewhat local!

remember moments: You know how in my "point a" I say "just because you can't wrap your mind around it doesn't make *it* stupid"? Let's just say I was implying something else *was*. ;-)

Jane Ellen: After doing daycare for five years, my whine threshold is low as well. There is something to be said for being a classy sports fan and that is something that seems to carry over into "real life" too.

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kimmiekat Thursday, April 09, 2009 7:03:00 PM  

Loved it. i as well love both Baseball and Football. Sorry though honey. Go Dodgers!!!

Jessica Martiele Thursday, April 09, 2009 8:20:00 PM  

I hate baseball - sorry, I'm just not a sports chicky - but I LOVE your "about me" section and just had to compliment you. Amazing how similar all human beings - particularly women - can be to each other, no matter where in the world we may be, and no matter our circumstances. Best of luck on that broken road...

Hambone Thursday, April 09, 2009 10:12:00 PM  

I don't want to sound like a blogger dummy but I just started my first blog today and I want to read other peoples blogs and have people read mine what do I do? where do I go? I just want to follow peoples blogs and have people follow mine. Anyway, if you can help that would be so great if you don't have the time I understand. Take care and thank you so much.

Beth Ann Friday, April 10, 2009 1:52:00 PM  

I so agree! I'm a Yankees fan(the real kind - thanks to my father who grew up cheering for Mickey Mantle and taught me the subtleties and strategy of baseball), so I appreciate the kind remarks. Means a lot coming from a BoSox fan - I must say I have always respected y'all as a worthy rival with a rich history. Thanks for sticking up for baseball!

~**Dawn**~ Friday, April 10, 2009 4:00:00 PM  

kimmiekat: As long as you're loyal to your team & appreciate the game, we're good! Oh & *please* keep Manny. ;-)

Jessica Martiele: No worries! It's not for everyone. You can hate it as long as you don't call it stupid. ;-) So glad you enjoyed my "About Me"!

Beth Ann: There is a far cry between being rivals and being an obnoxious part-time "fan"! You & I both know the Sox & Yankees both have their fair share of bandwagon-ers that give us *good* fans a bad reputation, but sadly, I have yet to meet more than a handful of good Rays fans. Most of them are just plain obnoxious!

see|sarahduncan Friday, April 10, 2009 4:07:00 PM  

I leave you with my favorite baseball quotation:

"With those who don't give a damn about baseball, I can only sympathize. I do not resent them. I am even willing to concede that many of them are physically clean, good to their mothers and in favor of world peace. But while the game is on, I can't think of anything to say to them." -Art Hill


~**Dawn**~ Friday, April 10, 2009 5:56:00 PM  

sarahduncan: That is a *great* quote! =)

Anna Kauz Saturday, April 11, 2009 12:21:00 AM  

Hmmm... guess I'll have to look into the Marlins then when we get down there. Unfortunately, no cable for us, just the good ole' antenna (and converter box now). We're paying off our debt, so when its done, we get cable... yes a good motivator!

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