Sometimes I wonder if it would just be easier to be a Yankees fan…you know,assimilate into the masses,wear the dark navy blue with the interlocked white NY logo,cheer for the winners,the big payroll,the history,the pomp and circumstance.
I grew up in Seattle,and wasn’t much of a Mariners fan until the arrival of Griffey,Jr. and the ’95 team. To be honest,I rooted for the Pirates. I thought the Bonds,Bonilla and Van Slyke outfield was the best thing since sliced bread. They didn’t win a World Series,but I thought they were pretty cool all the same.
But then I realized that it’s important to cheer for the home team. Now I live in Phoenix,and I root for the Diamondbacks. Yes,they’re struggling;yes,D-backs fans were outnumbered when the Yankees came to town a few weeks ago and are challenged for numbers when the Dodgers and Cubs come to town,but when you live six blocks from Chase Field as I do,pay your Arizona taxes and left one town in search of better opportunities in another,I think you have to show some love to the locals.
Of course,I still cheer for the Mariners,I still love Seattle,and I would love nothing more than a World Series between the Mariners and Diamondbacks,and I would be happy regardless who won.
But then again,I watch the All Star Game and wonder,would it be easier to just put on a Yankees hat and join the masses?