Let me preface this entry by saying that none of your comments are going to change the way I feel about my fanhood. I entitled the article as such because I'm interested to hear your take, not because I want you to sway me one way or the other.
Growing up, I can honestly say that I wasn't really into baseball as much as I was basketball and football. I always called myself a Chicago White Sox fan, mainly because I thought Dr. Dre looked cool wearing a Sox hat in his old videos.
I was also a huge fan of Frank Thomas.
As far as basketball and football were concerned, I was and still am a Chicago Bulls fan and a New England Patriots fan, so the point of this article doesn't really apply to those sports.
We're talking around 10 years of loyalty to the Chicago White Sox. I can't say that I watched a lot of their games, but I followed their progress in the newspapers and on SportsCenter, as it were.
In early 2005, I moved to Alameda, CA (which is just outside of Oakland). That same year, Frank Thomas became an Oakland Athletic. I immediately starting going to a lot of A's games, and fell in love with baseball.
Not just being able to watch Frank Thomas, and not so much just the A's. Baseball in general had really caught my interest.
I went to a ridiculous amount of A's games in the following years, even after Thomas left (and came back). I loved everything about it...the food, the beer, the brisk air, the ambiance of it all. I was officially an A's fan.
Nick Swisher was one of my favorite players, and I thought it somewhat funny that he was then traded to the White Sox; my old team.
In May '08, I moved back to my original hometown in upstate NY. Still considering myself an A's fan, I found it annoying to follow baseball because I couldn't watch Oakland play at all. I was stuck watching the Yankees, who I had a reputation for despising.
Strangely enough...the more I watched the Yankees with my die-hard Yankee fan friends, the more I found myself enjoying watching their season unfold, as the surprising Devil Rays and the always-competitive Red Sox maintained control of the division.
Now suddenly Nick Swisher is a Yankee. Sure, he's not projected to start...But that's my buddy! (kinda)
I've been poking and prodding myself to do something about my fanhood, so that I can truly enjoy the 2009 season, and I've made my decision. I am now officially a Yankee fan.
There. I said it.
That's three teams in five years. It seems like something should be wrong with that, but I'm okay with it. Seeing as I will live in this area for at least another five years, it seems necessary and pertinent to my love for baseball to become a Yankees fan.
This doesn't mean I won't still cheer for the White Sox and the A's when they're not playing the pinstripes. I still have some love for those teams, but it's time to stand by the home team.
So, my question to you is...How important do you think it is to pick a team, and stick by them? Have I violated a rule of fanhood, or manhood for that matter, by changing teams in the first place?
I'm looking forward to hearing your perspective, and maybe some fanhood stories of your own.