Fans Are Idiots

Now, before you read any further, you need to know that I am NOT talking about you. Chances are I’m talking about your best friend, neighbor, significant other or that person you occasionally see in the mirror.

Now that we have established that this article is not about you, yes, I said fans are idiots. They are also fickle, emotional (gawd are they emotional), lazy and the very thing that allows me to even watch the great sport that is baseball.  

Never are all these attributes more clear to me than in social media. I try to keep my attention solely on Twitter, but I do read articles that have comments attached to them and if I really want to beat my head against a wall, I’ll read Facebook comments.

In this fast-food world we live in, one guy doesn’t go from hero to goat in a span of 24 hours, but in a matter of a single inning or two! Example: In Sunday’s 5-0 win for Texas over San Francisco, Kinsler hit a key two-RBI double in the fourth inning, but ended the perfect game for Ranger pitchers in the fifth with his eighth error of the season. This led to a barrage of tweets on Twitter about Kinsler and his terrible body language, laziness and his lack of skill in general as a ballplayer. That’s right; the guy who has averaged five WAR per season (All-Star caliber) over the last five seasons is criticized as much as any Ranger.

Sunday’s example is only the latest example of fan intelligence (or lack thereof) that frustrates me as someone who follows the Rangers and appreciates the game of baseball.

The on-going primary frustration is football-minded Ranger fans who act like a thousand Chicken Littles because the team is struggling. If you carefully check the standings you will notice that your little team is in first place by three games and are in third place in the American League (½ game behind first-place Tampa Bay).

Newsflash: The season is 162 games, not 16!

On this particular issue, do yourself a favor and SHUT UP.

Baseball is an amazing sport that rewards the teams that have depth, patience and the mental fortitude to handle such a long season. The Texas Rangers are such a team. They have proven this over the last two years and will continue to show this throughout the decade. With people like Jon Daniels, Thad Levine and to a lesser extent, Nolan Ryan, the little ballclub you watch is the envy of most in the majors.

Suggestion: Take a deep breath and enjoy the ride.

All this being said, please continue to show up to games and buy your shirseys because I want to continue to enjoy this amazing game.

The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It’s been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game, is a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good, and it could be again. Ohhhhhhhh, people will come, Ray. People will most definitely come.” –Terrance Mann in Field of Dreams

Eddie Middlebrook is the Chat Coordinator and Junior Staff Writer for ShutDowninning. He can be reached at Eddie.Middlebrook@ShutDowninning.com or on Twitter @emiddlebrook
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