Yesterday, this fanpost was posted by BCB reader copingwiththecubs. I found the post very well written, and while my kneejerk reaction was to scream "Fairweather Fan!!!", I have read it a few times and thought about what the poster was trying to say. After having read and thought about the arguments presented, I still disagree, and wanted to share my opinion in the matter. Please note: I do not think of myself as any better nor any worse of a fan as the poster, I just happen to disagree strongly with a few of the points made.
I have been a Cubs fan since 1986 when I was just 6 years old. Growing up in North Carolina, it was the Cubs on WGN in the daytime and the Braves on TBS at night. I fell in love with Ryne Sandberg, Andre Dawson, the aura of Wrigley Field, and listening to Harry Caray entertainingly call even the most lopsided of games (and believe me, there were many!). I was hooked, and have come to find out, 23 years later, that it was destined to be a lifelong passion of mine.
Admittedly, I sometimes think of the Cubs as my first true love. I cannot, however, understand comparing that love to an abusive relationship. For starters, the Cubs are not losing to purposely hurt me. Every day they take the field with the intention of winning, and I realize that their losses hurt them just as much if not more than they do me. I will not "punish" them by turning my back on them if the bats go cold or the sliders hang. They are my team, through thick and thin. In reality, 'til death do us part.
Secondly, I took a bit of exception to the poster's plea for us to "show management" we won't take it anymore. It was implied that we should stop attending games, buying merchandise, etc as a form of consumer activism. Granted, I'm not at all worried about this happening, but I want fans like this to realize that our tickets, our tshirts, our beers even, is how we can afford to put a competitive team on the field. Don't believe me? Ask Pittsburgh, and Kansas City, and Oakland. If nothing else, we need to bump up our support. We need to take a stand, we need to show a little "consumer activism". We need to show the new owners, the management, the city, all of Major League Baseball that we are not going away. We will be here, year in and year out, generation after generation, filling the stands and loving our team, til death do us part. And when we do win it all, I assure you, it will have been worth the wait.