When Fans Go Too Far

If you are interested in learning more about what makes a person tick, see what sports’ team they follow. See how they react to sports in general.

Recently, I’ve learned a lot more than I expected about to about the way people react to sports. Most recently, involving one of my favorite players, Brett Gardner.

People were slamming on Brett Gardner for his recent struggles at the plate and yet, they were also the same people who raved about his recent series against Baltimore. Gardner has been batting .364 in the first five days of the month of June and Yankees fans can only hope for a major turnaround.

Superstitions are a strange thing, but they are even stranger in sports. We, as fans, like to think that we have a say in the outcome of a game, a performance, a championship. No matter how hard you hope and wish for something to happen, it doesn’t mean that it will.

We wear the same, dirty shirts as a symbol of luck. We perform the same pre-game routines in anticipation of another victory. We immediately blame ourselves if we turn on the TV and the game starts going south. That’s just the way we think.

Sports fans are crazy in that sense. I am guilty of that as well. For the Cowboys games last season, I tested out which jersey was the “lucky” one, made sure that I followed my same routine every Sunday in hopes of another victory.

For the Yankees, I find myself constantly searching for the one that won’t jinx the victory. I turn away from the TV and prefer to listen to the announcers as opposed to watching the game because I am fearful that my eyes will somehow cause a disruption in the game. It just happens to all of us.

But whether or not we are superstitious in regards to our team, we can’t get so caught up that we don’t realize these athletes we admire are people too.

I’m sure Gardner doesn’t want to be batting barely over .200. I’m also sure he is far more frustrated than you, knowing that he is on the biggest stage in baseball and seems unable to produce and quite possibly in fear of losing his job.

No, we don’t know what he’s thinking but I can guarantee that he’s not having fun out there, putting up several 0-4 performances. As real fans, we are supposed to remain loyal to the team that has given us so much, not completely harass and defame someone’s character because they aren’t performing up to your standards. We don’t give up.

Maybe this year makes it more difficult to put up with in regards to the Yankees, but as a Yankee fan, I’m always on their side, whether they finish in first or dead last. It’s just how we are.

So for those of you who feel that your rude comments and rage-filled vents on Facebook are enough to make a difference in the play of the Yankees, you are incorrect. You are all entitled to your own opinions, but just remember that the Yankees, no matter how famous they are, are people too.

They’re people that I will root for until the day I die. So maybe I don’t have the power to change the Yankees this season, next season or even anytime in the future, but I will continue to believe that positivity is far better than negativity in baseball.


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