As fans, do we follow sports because of the players on the field? Personally, I feel like saying yes would be an accurate answer. We buy their jerseys, bobble heads, autographs, plaques, pictures, and even napkins that they supposedly blew their noses on. For some reason, one feels empowered psychologically when owning one of these items and it doesn't stop there. That same person who bought that napkin will still try to go above and beyond what everyone else has and over really just an average joe.
I stopped buying jerseys with my favorite players on the back of them a long time ago but probably the last jersey I bought was a 2003 Kevin Millar Red Sox batting practice jersey. After management let him go to test the free agent market and move on, I wasn't just heartbroken, but I started to realize that the jersey in general was just an overpriced item that someone like myself would buy because of a name and it's stitching. Nothing more, nothing less. From that day forward, I never considered buying a single jersey again and that was the end of it.
The point of this is not to draw you away from buying jerseys or to stop you from supporting your favorite team. It's to help you realize that them same peole "juicing up" on steroids or bouncing from team to team are being superb salesmen and are definitely getting your vote. While others may feel diferently, I feel like supporting the organizaton is one thing. The organization does goes through a lot in order to dump money into their pockets but ultimately, the players are only there for one reason. They are there to do nothing but support the organization in which they play for. I'm also NOT insisting that athletes or the people buying the merchandise are bad people at all. That would be very wrong. I just feel like as fans, we are stuck in world in which we feel like the athletes are better than us because they play for our favorite teams and make more money than we do.