"Let us go forth a while, and get better air in our lungs. Let us leave our closed rooms...
The game of ball is glorious."

--Walt Whitman

Monday, April 17, 2006

With Fans Like These...

...who needs opponents?

You may recall that before the series against NY I mentioned how hordes of rude Bankee fans are usually good for a rant or three. Well, I was partially right. Seems that losing a series has a way of taming the Bankee rabble (but seriously, folks--that many people did not move to Minnesota from New York. What are these people thinking?!), so they were remarkably well-behaved. The hordes of rude fans were, alas...ours.

So, TBL presents a quick refresher course in fan etiquette:

Fan Etiquette 101: The "Big Three"

1. Sit in the seat for which you have a ticket. They are numbered for several reasons. Those reasons will be covered in Fan Etiquette 201: Acting Like A Civilized Human Being.

2. Booing is for umpires and visiting players who happen to be huge jerks. Exceptions may be made, on a case-by-case basis, for hometown team players who have publicly insulted the organization.

3. Drink and swear only in moderation. There are sober people and children near you. The former do not think you are as funny as you do, and the latter see enough bad behavior on TV, thanks.

I'd like to draw everyone's attention to rule #2, and remind them that having a 12-game hitting slump while trying to adjust to a change of role from outfielder to DH does not constitute "insulting the organization". It constitutes having a slump, which happens to everyone and which no one would particularly remark upon if it had occurred after a month or two of normal hitting performance. Yes, the timing sucks, but the poor man isn't doing it deliberately.

And being booed by his own team's "fans" is not helping.

[censored], you'd think we were Bankee fans. How 'bout a little Minnesota Nice ova' hea'?

2 rejoinders:

Anonymous sounded off...

do you take out any rage against obnoxious fans in your book?

Roscoe sounded off...

Well said. Rondell is frustrating, but booing him is not going to help anything.

Also, the Yankee fans in my section on Saturday night were getting pretty chippy after the Twins blew their lead. And of course, after all was said and done, all they could talk about was how the umps blew so many calls. As though the Yankees have never been the beneficiaries of a close call!