RSBS Presents: Fandom Condensed

Jeff tells me that the fans in Milwaukee treat you like a person, no matter which team you’re there to support.  Let’s be honest, though.  Milwaukee is the exception, not the rule.  Most of the time if you find yourself in the confines of a rival team’s arena, you should prepare for the worst.  I saw the Tigers play in the Bronx once and I quickly realized that the “D” on my cap instantly marked me as a target.

However, it gets much worse.  And it’s even worse for the teams because they end up being defined by their fans.  To help you understand this concept a little better, the interns came up with a few examples of what we present to you as “Fandom Condensed.”

Red Sox

Not exactly known for their classiness under the best of circumstances, these fans show us that it doesn’t take much to make “Boston” rhyme with “Jersey Shore.”



White Sox

If beating up umpires and base coaches is your style, you’re probably a White Sox fan.  I’m not saying we haven’t all felt this way at some point but there’s a world of difference between wanting to punch an ump and actually doing it.  Luckily, they’ve found a way to move quickly between those two worlds on the south side of Chicago.

Phillies

However, if there’s one team whose fans have earned the right to the title of baseball’s most dangerous fans, it has to be the Phillies.  Brawls, swearing, dumping beers on people.  It seemed like the Philly fans had taken things as far as humanly possible.  Then they started throwing up on opposing fans.  Honestly, I don’t even want to think about how you top that one.

I could go on but I think you get the point.  Feel free to chime in with a comment if there’s a glaring omission.

-A

5 Comments

I just went to a game in Colorado last week and wore my 1984 Ryne Sandberg jersey. The Rockies staff and fans were great! Believe it or not, the only person that had a problem with me wearing a Cubs jersey was a Cardinals fan at the game. Go figure! Cubs/Cards rivalry at a Rockies game.

Ron

I wore my White Sox shirt to a game White Sox-Red Sox game at Fenway and put my sweatshirt (just a plain one, no Sox logos in site) on five minutes after walking in the gate to cover it up. But at Yankee, I had the exact opposite reaction as you. No one looked in my direction, except for a few other ChiSox fans :)
Catherine

I think the throwing up thing tops them all. Throwing things onto the field is bad enough, but throwing UP on another person is insane.

hey! I find boston fans delightful. of course, I am a boston fan… and I do not live in boston… but really, there’s a joviality- where everyone will include you in the club whether you’re a fan or not (as long as you’re not wearing pinstripes). maybe it’s different in beantown… but here, if i’m lucky enough to find a group of fans, they’re usually the first people to buy you a beer, whether you’re wearing a sox hat or not.

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