Sunday, May 1, 2011

Yes, I Know He Is Not The Greatest Player Ever

As a baseball fan and girl I don't like being treated differently than any guy baseball fan would be treated.  I understand the same statistics and terminology as any other fan and I follow and root for the same teams as any other fan.  I want the same amount of choices for apparel and opportunities to express myself as a fan.  However just because I want to be treated fairly, it doesn't mean I am the same as every other fan.

We all have favorite players.  They are our favorites for a variety of different reasons from being a great player, to playing a certain position, to wearing their uniform in a cool way.  No matter what the reason, we can become attached to those players.  Well, I know I can.  David Wright and Xavier Nady were my first favorite players and I'm still a fan of both of them.  Joe Smith is a favorite of mine and so is Mike Nickeas.  If you have spent any amount of time reading my posts on here or following my twitter you have probably realized I'll root for them whether they have the most horrendous of games or the most magnificent.  I'll do whatever it takes to defend poor performances.  And you know what?  Sometimes it might just look like I have no idea what I'm talking about.

Does this really have anything to do with being a girl?  I guess.  Maybe I get so emotionally attached to players because I'm a girl and girls tend to get more emotional about things.  Should it matter?  No.  It really shouldn't matter that I would rather see "my guy" out there and if I make it known that I want him out there.  No matter what I actually say, believe me, I know when Smitty has given up four runs in his last three appearances or when Mike isn't the best offensive option for the team.  But I'm going to want them playing and I'm going to make it known.  I don't want another relief pitcher to succeed at Smitty's job or another backup catcher to do what Mike might not.

Perhaps once I'm not an "emotional" teenage girl I'll think all this was silly.  Perhaps I'll realize nothing I write or tweet matters to any players.  However, right now I don't think it's silly and I'm going to keep defending them as much as I please.

Let's Go Mets!

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