Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Fair Weather Fans and the Panic Button

I think we have entered an era (or should I say ERA?) where not just the fans are getting belligerently drunk to get through the game, but so are the players. That is the only explanation I have for Matt Thornton’s outing in the 7th inning of today’s game.

So, with that said, this is an ode to the fair weather, bandwagon fans. Because they are right. No team should be rewarded for failure. I don’t care what you say, no “true fan” loves the Sox when they are doing badly. He or she may still be a Sox fan, but they certainly can’t feel happy being at a game the Sox lost. Which explains the attendance figures.

Honestly, the only way to keep the attendance figures from taking an even further nose dive is either to –dare I say- start winning or to extend the hours of the patio party until half an hour after the game. Even then, they would have to start serving whiskey.

And if you are one of those who considers him or herself a die-hard, non-bandwagoner, then you shouldn’t hate the fair weather fans. Rather enjoy reaping the benefits of their support. Although it may be temporary, the revenue from ticket an merchandise sales in their brief period of fandom maybe be enough to continue to pay the salaries of big-name players, and players that will keep the Sox winning. It’s really a self-perpetuating cycle, this winning thing! You win, you get money to get good players. The good players keep you winning, which brings in money that keeps the good players around… and round and round the wheel goes.

Based on my aforementioned explanation, next year, the Sox will have about three nickels to pay their players. Thus, the roster will be worse than this year, the Sox will be worse, they will receive less money… And thus the panic button is hit!

To be honest, as I finish writing this, I'm not sure if I'm being sarcastic or serious in a humorous way. One thing I do know is that I wish the Sox were doing as well this season as was projected for them. At the very least Gavin Floyd looked alive again for the first time in a long time.

1 comment:

Paul Whitfield said...

Maybe Ken Williams could activate himself and Ozzie. Could they hit .190 too?