How to Be a Baseball Fan : Picking a Baseball Team to Support
How to Choose a Baseball Team to Support
Picking one baseball team to follow and support may seem like a pretty arbitrary decision at first. However, with a little research, you can easily narrow the list down to those most likely to spark an genuine emotional connection. Weighing logistics versus your own gut instincts will help you make an informed decision.
Factoring in Location
Choose a local team.Do you have a lot of state or city pride? Do you have a readymade home team based nearby? Is their home stadium close enough for you to make a day-trip so you can root for them in person? If the answers to all three is yes, consider throwing your support behind whichever team represents your hometown or state. Buy season passes or the occasional tickets for individual games. Bond with your team by forging memories that are stronger and more personal than so many days or nights spent watching tiny figures move around a TV screen.
Evaluate the ballpark.If you have more than one option as far as nearby teams go, but still feel no particular loyalty to one over the other(s), take their home stadiums into consideration. Is it an eyesore? Depressingly empty of attendees?A pain in the butt to get to and/or out of? Reduce the number of inconveniences and annoyances that might mar your outings and overall experience of supporting a team. Choose a ballpark that you enjoy going to, rather than suffer in one you hate.
Make sure networks broadcast their games.Does attending a game in person do nothing for you? Do you feel ambivalent about your local team anyway? Or do you outright despise them for some reason? Then broaden your horizons. Consider other teams in the league that are based in other states or cities. Before you settle on one, however, be sure that your local TV and radio affiliates broadcast their games regularly so you can actually follow their season.
Consider time zones.If a team’s home stadium is based in the same time zone that you live in, relax, no worries. But if they are situated on the other side of the country, compare your schedules. Are you likely to be eating dinner with the family, doing homework, or turning in early to face another busy day at the office when their games typically start? Or are you going to still be stuck at school, work, or in traffic when their games usually wrap up? If the answer is yes, consider choosing a team closer to home so you can watch their games consistently.
Matching a Team to Your Natural Biases
Root for the underdog.Are you naturally inclined to favor David over Goliath, never mind the odds? Do you feel more kinship with that plucky, ragtag Rebel Alliance than you do with the exalted institution known as Starfleet? Do you savor the journey more than the destination? Then follow your instinct by backing a team whose victories are always hard-won. Reward your devotion by sharing in triumphs that amount to more than just gimmes.
Pledge allegiance to the top dog.Are you addicted to winning? Do you value consistency? Then pick a proven contender. Find a team that finishes strongly season after season, like the Yankees, Cardinals, or Dodgers.Do your homework, though, to make sure you choose a team that has shown itself to be dependable time and time again, rather than simply picking last year’s champs, who may have only been an underdog team that won by chance.
Follow players.If no one team calls out to you, forget them altogether. Consider individual players. Do you already have a strong familiarity with those who have achieved star status?Does a particular team member embody your personal ideals and philosophies in terms of sportsmanship? Follow your gut and root for them regardless of what team they play for or where they are based.
Give in to your hatred.Are you having trouble forcing yourself to “like” a team you happened to pick? Do you feel like you would have the same trouble forging a bond with any other? Then go the opposite route. Ask yourself: “Is there a team out there that I absolutely loathe?” If so, find out who their rivals are. Throw your support behind them so you can at least feel uplifted if and when they trounce that other team you hate so much.
Go the superficial route.If you find that you just don’t care that much about location, players, or status, pick a team whose uniform pleases your eye. Choose one based on your favorite color, or go by their mascots. Do you think marlins are the most beautiful fish out there? Support Miami. Do you love to sail the open sea? Then follow the Seattle Mariners.
Root for your alma mater.If you are following an interscholastic league, whether it be college, high school, or younger, root for your current or former school's team. Rely on your personal connection with that school in order to foster a new connection with their baseball team. Feel closer to the players on the field by playing Six Degrees of Separation between them and yourself.
Listen to your inner child.Were you a baseball fan as a kid? If so–even if it was only a passing fancy or to please your friends or family–fall back on your favorite team from back then, regardless of the reason why you chose them all those years ago. Although this is more true for men than women, studies suggest that you are more likely to feel true kinship with your childhood team than any you might pick later in life, even if your most recent choice is a wiser pick than the one you made as a kid.
Becoming a True Fan
Research your current team.Learn not only the names, faces, and positions of its players, managers, and owners, but their personal histories as well. Find out what other teams they belonged to before joining yours. Go over recent seasons to see how new members helped or hurt their game, and how the loss of other players may have done the same. Dive into the off-the-field drama of scandals, backroom politics, and draft picks to round out your knowledge of the team as a whole.
Research the team’s history.You don’t have to memorize the stats of every single player who ever played for them since the team was founded (although this will probably impress people if you do), but at least familiarize yourself with the team’s general history. For instance, you don’t want to claim to be a diehard L.A. Dodgers fan and then be called out for not knowing that the Dodgers were once based in Brooklyn. Memorize such basic facts as pennants they have won in the past, former players who were inducted into the Hall of Fame, and those players who weren’t inducted but should have been according to other fans.
Dedicate time.Even if you are unable to watch every single game, provide ample time in your life to keep up-to-date on their performance so far. Stay informed about who is injured and otherwise underperforming. Devote a chunk of your brain to planning how you would personally strategize future games based on current predicaments.
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