Re: out of town fans
I grew up not far from New York City. My dad was more into horses than baseball. I didn't have someone to guide toward being a Yankees or Mets fan. My best friend was a Reds fan (his family was from Ohio.) We used to play wiffle ball and stick ball copying the batting stances of various members of the Big Red Machine.
A few years later I moved out to the San Francisco Bay Area, but always remained a Reds fan. Now I'm back on the East Coast, and I try to get to at least one of the games when they're in town to play the Mets. I've also made a few summer road trips to Cincinnati over the years.
"The players make the manager, it's never the other way." - Sparky Anderson