..the tough get going.
okay, i feel i should take it upon myself to defend myself and fellow fans right now. but first, some background:
i’m a 20-something asian american female, born in Anaheim, raised nearby in Cerritos, Ca, literally on the border of LA and Orange counties. Having lived in southern Ca my whole life, it’s really all I’ve ever known, all I’ve ever loved. I remember going to Angel’s stadium as a kid, getting lost in the parking lot, my family getting Lakers season tickets in the late 90’s (still got ’em!), becoming a true Lakers & Angels fan as years progressed and I learned more about the sports and the teams and the players. I can’t and won’t claim to being a lifelong fan of either team, because my love for the Lakers didn’t develop until I was in high school, and my love for the Angels not until more recently when I actually started to follow the regular season. So I may not be the oldest fan, nor the most knowledgeable fan, but if there’s one thing I CAN pride myself on, it’s being a loyal fan.
See, I have this problem right now, and this problem is better known to the outside world as Red Sox fans, or perhaps I could extend it to east coast fans in general. Even better, I’m just going to say that my problem is BAD FANS EVERYWHERE. Wait, before you start hurling stones at me, I whole-heartedly excuse any true fans regardless of what team you root for, from this whiney blog.
It’s not so much that I hate Red Sox fans, (or east coast fans), but I hate the BAD ones. You know what I mean- the ones who act like they’ve been lifelong Celtics fans when really they never talked basketball or watched a game until KG got there last season? Or what about the “fans” that are fans because it’s just the culture to be one out here. To some degree, this is excusable, it’s fine, it’s your town, your team, etc., but when your upbringing causes you to be one of those “fans” that doesn’t watch games, doesn’t follow through each season, is only known to be a fan by the hat you wear on your head, yet you feel that you have the right to rail on other teams and other teams’ fans when they lose- that’s when you become a problem to me.
I know, so cal fans get a bad rap for being horrible fans all the time. I can’t deny that we’ve got plenty of bad fans in socal, but neither can I sit back and let my region get trash-talked for it either. So, let me apologize for pointing any fingers are particular regions, or demographics. My problem today is with bad fans, west or east. I’m more inclined to hate Red Sox fans right now, just because of the obvious predicament the Angels are in right now, so please don’t hold it agaist me too much…
A couple things have really set me off on this matter:
first, i get a message after the angels lose game 1. it’s from this girl i know, a red sox fan currently living in socal. she asks me how it feels to be an angels fan in “bahston” right now. now normally, this wouldn’t really bother me if it was done in good spirits, friendly banter. unfortunately i’m pretty sure it was mean-spirited under the guise of friendly banter. this girl NEVER talks to me. even if we’re in the same room, she appears PAINED to say hello to me. she shows up at my sending off [to boston] bonfire not even realizing it was for me until she saw me there, and instead of leaving (like I’m pretty sure she wanted to) she makes some polite small talk with me and sits off to the side with her own friends, helping themselves to the food MY friends were kind enough to prepare for the occasion. she’s the type of “fan” that i’m not interested in dealing with right now.
secondly, getting props from a friend (a true red sox fan, also currently living in socal) for my blog getting featured here on mlb.com/blogs, he mentions that he’s impressed with the respect i’ve given boston, and how he could never dream of giving as much respect to any LA team. Okay, so this was a well-intentioned message, and I appreciate it. but it also raised a good point in my head- do red sox fans (or perhaps east coast fans in general) just not have any respect for LA and our teams??
this opens a whole can of worms, and believe you me, I’ve got plenty to say, and I’m pretty sure nobody will be reading this, so I will end for now with a “To Be Continued…” I need to take a nap- last night’s heartbreaking game wore me out… don’t worry, i’ll finish off what i’ve started later tonight when I need a study break….