Bub, I need more info. When you say “abandon the Braves to follow the Rays” what all does that entail? Are you driving down to Tampa instead of Turning Field? Are you pretending ABT doesn’t exist and finding some sorry blog to post with your sorrier new Tampa friends? Watching a game or two, parts of games, keeping track of where they fall in the standings… all ok with me. I’d give you a 6. You disappear for the summer due to your new found love of the Rays? Unacceptable. You are scum.
Maybe I just don’t understand fandom, then. I got into the Braves because they were on t.v. I stayed with them because I knew their names and faces. Well, and I was born in Atlanta, but I was born at a very young age and nobody asked me if I liked Atlanta or not.
So, you can’t choose your family, as they say. But is that the deal with baseball teams, too? I dunno if I can get behind that. I never really stepped aside and said to myself, “Self, what baseball team do you REALLY like, and why?” If I had, I can tell you immediately, it would probably be a DH team.
And I wouldn’t be stepping aside and asking it now if the baseball team I habitually follow was winning games. There’s no way around that. Abandoning ship when times are hard: that smells bad. I know it does. And for a first place team. That’s worse. I get it.
But, what marriage? I didn’t take any vows. The Braves didn’t woo me, they just broke into my television set and TBS’d me into submission. I hate driving in Atlanta. Mapquest tells me I’m 9 hours from a Ray’s game, which sucks. But for the two or three times per season I get to the Ted… well, I dunno. This isn’t going the way I wanted.
But… what marraige? And if I go root for the Rays this year and then decide to root for… I dunno, the Twins next year, in an age where about 0.01% of ballplayers ever go anywhere besides the precise ballclub that forks over the most millions, what is it exactly I’m supposed to be tied to here? A city I don’t live in? An owner who doesn’t care about baseball? Turner Field itself? The Braves logo and uniform?
So, IF I was gonna look around for the first time in full awareness and pick a team, would it even be the Braves? And WHY would I necessarily do that anyway? Teams change every single year. The things I like about the teams change, too. You say it’s a marriage, but I wouldn’t marry a woman that promised to surgically remove and replace a third of her parts every year, including her brain and heart. That does make a difference.
What I like is the sport itself. And I like some players, too. A couple of managers. I may go free lance. Or, call it Free Agent Fan, right? Doesn’t a Free Agent player at least claim to take the situation of the teams into account before he signs on? And they get paid a gagillion dollars. I’m do my part for free… I even pay money to it. Can I not size up each team each year and decide what’s best for my career as a fan?
Baseball had evolved into the haves, the have-nots, and the have-a-windows. The Rays have a window right now. Maybe I’ll root for a team with a window the rest of my life. If that makes your knee jerk, I have to ask again: WHY stay with one baseball team? I know it SEEMS proper and loyal, but what is the real baseball morality here? Where does it come from? Why am I being asked to stay with one team when changing jobs is acceptable, changing hobbies, changing clothing styles, changing favorite t.v. shows, changing neighborhoods, states, and even countries is considered adventurous and liberating?
Its ISN’T marriage. There are few things in life that require or even request that kind of loyalty. I understand why you guys feel the Braves is one of them. I’m not sure I’m with you on that, that’s all.
Ok, so you have a few logically points and I think just maybe you could, for a season, pull for a different team. However, Bubdylan, you operate on way more than logic. You are all heart with a huge side of loyalty. You’d come back. I’d wager it wouldn’t even take an entire season. It just feels better if I have to suffer through the season, and I don’t have a choice, you should HAVE to also. But your right (ugh) you do have a choice. And if you DO become a freelance Baseball fan you should create a blog cause comment #329 would be a kickass post.
“The variability in response of patients with ocular rosacea to these immune reactions may account for the extreme variability in clinical signs and symptoms associated with this disorder.”
Also just read another account yesterday of a sufferer having to revert back to glasses from contacts. It really does start to look more likely. But then again, that’s how hypochondria always works, so I guess it could work that way for paranoia regarding somone else’s health, too.
Kevin Goldstein in an insider article highlighting NL East minors:
The Most Dominant Pitcher In The Minors?
Julio Teheran, RHP, Atlanta Braves (Low-A Rome)
Wednesday’s stats: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 10 K
While he doesn’t have anywhere near the publicity of Stephen Strasburg — and understandably so — Teheran is one of the best pitchers in the entirety of the minor leagues. In his first six starts, his ERA is 0.81 — with 40 strikeouts in 33.1 IP and just 17 hits allowed. Signed out of Columbia in 20007, the 19-year-old has the stuff to match the stats, with a 94-96 mph fastball and two secondary pitches — a slow curve and classic changeup — that project as above average. He’s still a long way off, but he’s one of the few pitching prospects in baseball with true ace potential.
Watch out, we got Jamie “The Fossil” Moyer against our lineup from last night. Big Sweaty on the mound for the Braves. This could be over after 3 innings. At least the Hawks have no chance of being disappointing tonight.
Bub, think back to what Mets did in their first inning against Moyer on Sunday and what we just did tonight. Still early in the game, but…. Chipper resembles the character of Charlie Kelly’s Mother on It’s Always Sunny On Philadelphia. For those no familiar with the show, the character Charlie Kelly’s Mother is a chain-smoking drunk.