After I returned home from Tropicana Field last night, I was ready to wallow in the pain brought by the end of Tampa Bay’s postseason run for the evening. This morning, I planned to write a heartfelt “thank you” to my team for a season that included four more games than I expected.
Instead, I have to take care of this first. I logged in to my Facebook account and saw the photo to the right in my newfangled newsfeed. Thanks for the punch to the gut, MLB. Maybe it’s good that I haven’t eaten breakfast yet.
Call me crazy, call me sensitive, call me whatever name you typically throw at Rays fans but I don’t think that the day after the biggest loss of the season is the time to be making fun of a team and their fan base. I still haven’t talked trash to the Red Sox fans I know. Apparently, MLB’s social media team doesn’t agree with me.
I’m not going to get into an argument over what kind of fandom is “better” but I can tell you this, I’m more tolerable to be around at a sports bar when your game is on than people who fall into that other category.
The more sports fans I meet, the more I feel like I’m in a very small minority of people who would rather expend their energy cheering for their team instead of piling on another team. Seriously, I can’t be one of the only people who feels this way, right?
I’m not a bitter fan. Yes, I’m sad that my team’s offseason has started, but I am proud of them and the improbable season they put together. The magic in their Cinderella story simply ran out more quickly than us Rays fans would have liked.
One of the 300 something comments, and counting, on the photo was this one, “First you say the Rays don’t have any true fans. And then Rays fans stick up for their team…and now people are laughing at them for being irritated by the clear lack of respect that both they and the team get? Come on.”
Tampa Bay has a lot going for them as an organization, and last week I told you why you should be their fan. It’s a good thing I warned you that others would denigrate you and your team. I’m all about the full disclosure. As a Rays fan, you’ll probably learn how to channel your inner Rodney Dangerfield and you just might catch yourself saying, “I get no respect.”
We get it, MLB, you didn’t want the Rays to move on in the postseason, but next time could you at least make sure Tampa Bay is written as two words? » Continue reading “MLB Plays A Foolish Game On Facebook”