View Full Version : Why fans will never be happy (nor should they be).

07-25-2006, 04:29 PM
Baseball is a sport most of us have played as kids. Typically the love for basball is grown either through playing game as a child, going to games as a child or both. It's a sport that is most commonly learned and loved as a youngster and then carried into adulthood as our understanding of the game grows.

While we are all expert GM's, very very few of us can actually throw a 90mph fastball, hit one or catch a screaming line drive on the run. Yet ever since our childhood we've been watching people do it either live, on TV or listening on the radio. We've spent hours in the backyard pretending to be Bench, Koufax, Yaz, Gerhrig, Mantle, et al. Yet we really can't do what these hereos do.

Of course we want our team to win which is a big part of wanting to see "the game played the right way". Competition and destroying anothing team is a primal urge. But since we've been stymied since youth we want to see it done, done well and done how we've seen it done in our minds eye for so many years. This is a small reason as to why fans will never really be satisfied with their teams, get so rabid when they don't do well and some players are lightining rods no matter what they do.

I'd be willing to bet most of us can imagine Mayes sprinting in the outfield to catch a fly ball, Gossage winding up to hurl one homeward or Dave Windfield killing sea gulls with line drives. We can see every last detail, every small motion, the entire playing unfolding right down to the roar of the crowd.

We don't want to see the short stop boot the ball because we've seen Conception make that play 1000 times in our minds. We don't want to see the slugger strike out to end the game because we've imagined Marris doing it over and over. We don't want to see the bullpen blow the lead because we've pictured The Nasty Boys saving the game over and over.

Of course people want their teams to win. But deep down inside I think fans want to see good baseball being played because they don't want their memories that have been developed since childhood be tarnished. They want the game to match up with the expectations that have been honed over many years of being around the game.

And when a player can't aproximate those memories he incurs the wrath of thousands of combined experiences saying, "hey dummy, Morgan stole that base. Either you steal it too or don't try. Don't get thrown out by 12feet and ruin such a beautiful play". When he does get thrown out he's spitting in the eye of our memories, youth and passion for the game. And it ticks us off.

And that's ok.