(Doesn’t that title remind you of something Carrie would start her column off with on Sex and The City? No? Just me? Ok then….)
Although we live in Phillies country – we are Yankees fans all the way. I mean…. we’re all the way once they get to the playoffs, or series, or bowl or whatever. I married one of the few men in the world who is not a sports fanatic (he saves his obsessive behavior for music and technology).
When we had kids, he taught them all the important things: Bruce Springsteen is a god, Elton John/Bernie Taupin are the best singer/song writer collaboration, the sound system in a car/house/yard/bar makes or breaks a good time, etc.
My girl was 12 before she knew who A-Rod was, and that was only because I had talked about his break-up with Cameron Diaz. I was rooting for them. Although I’m always rooting for Cameron, I have a soft spot for her.
Anyway – when my son was born, things started changing. He loves all things baseball, basketball, football, he’s all over it. He wears only “sporty” clothes (no jeans or khakis, incase a freestyle game breaks out on the playground at recess).
So, to be fair-minded parents who don’t just hurl our own likes and dislikes on the kids – we became kinda-sorta fans of many different sports teams. In the end, the only one that stuck were the Bronx Bombers.
Last summer, we took our kids to their (and my) first Yankee game. It was super exciting. The new stadium is beautiful – and the food! Why didn’t anyone tell me about the food!! Peanuts and Cracker Jack? No way! How about garlic fries with chipotle aioli …. how about double dark chocolate milk shakes with malted whipped cream…how about IPA’s from all over the East Coast?!! Baseball rocks.
The game was good too. Who played against them that night? It was Baltimore, or Boston, or Birmingham I think. It was a B name for sure. Who won? Hard to remember all those details.
Back to the initial question – is a fair weather fan better than no fan at all? What if I told you we bought ridiculously expensive sporting attire to wear to the game? Would that help our fandom?