Let me clarify, right at the start, that the title of this post does not reflect the way I feel. Yes, I am a fan of the Seattle Mariners, and, yes, they are losing this year. I read another blog post today that talked about how embarrassing it was to be a Mariners fan and how bad it makes the city of Seattle look to have such a poor team representing them. The blog was written by a fellow Mariners fan (at least that’s what he claims to be). After I finished reading the post, I just sat here and shook my head in disbelief. This person places such importance on having a winning baseball team that he cannot bear the thought of not winning. I’m still shaking my head.
Since when is a city only great if it has a winning baseball team, or a winning football team, or any kind of a winning team? When the World Series is over in a few weeks and one team out of 30 is declared the winner for the year, the other 29 home cities will continue to be, more or less, the same as they were at the start of Spring Training this year. I do not love Seattle any less because their home baseball team is doing poorly. Seattle is not a bad city because their baseball team is not doing well.
Major league baseball is a spectator sport and the game of baseball is not an easy game to play. If the game was easy, I’d probably be making $5 million a year playing left or right field. I chose the Mariners as my team because of my love for the city of Seattle, the State of Washington, and the Pacific Northwest. If the Mariners don’t get into the post-season, I will still feel the same way about the Pacific Northwest. I will also still love the Mariners because, win or lose, they are my baseball team.
My advice for any sports fan is this. Take a step back and examine how fanatical you have become about your chosen team. Is it really the end of the world if they don’t win? I’ll admit, it’s not enjoyable to watch a game where the Mariners can’t seem to do anything right. That’s where the off switch on the TV becomes useful. No one says you have to watch every game. I like to watch my team win. But, when all is said and done, there’s still a tomorrow, win or lose.