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Give the Idiots Some Credit
The bases are loaded and Jorge Posada is at the plate. The man one row back makes an innocent comment, almost.
“Man, I really hope he hits a 4-run homer.”
And there it is. That’s all it takes.
For the rest of the game this guy, with all the good intentions in the world, will scream at the sight of a lazy fly ball hit to right-centerfield. He’ll think that it’s going to leave the park. He’ll make plenty more of these comments throughout the game before leaving in the seventh inning, asking out loud how the other team’s runner was able to score from third, even though the left fielder easily caught that ball.
For the well-informed, diehard sports fan these spectators plague the ballpark. It will take every ounce of willpower for the diehard to refrain from turning around and lecturing the man, informing him that the correct phrasing for a bases loaded home run is a grand slam. That, before celebrating, he should really watch the outfielder’s reaction to the ball before prematurely shrieking at the fly ball that really never had a chance of clearing the fence. That, in baseball, a runner can score from third on a sacrifice fly.
Ballparks, stadiums and arenas are filled with these comments and most could care less when they hear them.
Some people are different, however. Some people view sports as religion and sitting in the stands as a way of observing that religion.
This is admittedly a bit of an extreme comparison but it’s not a wrong one. People take their sports seriously and want those around them to also. There’s nothing worse then someone saying “it’s only a game,” because as we all know that’s hardly ever true, even in a game of Madden.
The person sitting in these same stands who wonders loudly as to whether or not a shot taken and hit from beyond half court will count as four points is simply an outsider.
These outsiders represent the wave-starters, the bandwagon fan, and worst of all the person who pays to put his or her name on a custom made jersey.
The reality is that these casual sports fans are good for sports whether diehard fans like it or not. Sure, They may say some curious things, but they keep the stands full and the games loud. They add to the atmosphere and, when it comes down to it, they're harmless.
Maybe they can’t be converted into diehard fans. That takes a lot. But give them credit for trying. They just try a little too loudly.