A Fan’s Dilemma

14 Mar

Buster Olney, a respected baseball analyst for ESPN said recently that he’s “leaning towards picking the Braves over the Phillies to win the NL East.”  While some fans took great offense at this prediction, if you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know why it makes me very happy.

I hate being a frontrunner.  It’s as simple as that.

I don’t want to be the next ‘Evil Empire.’   That’s one title I’m happy for the Yankees to keep.  And I certainly don’t appreciate our  ‘Fab Four’ being compared to the Miami Heat’s ‘Big Three,’ either.

Being a frontrunner just doesn’t sit right.  It’s like being taken out for a fancy dinner when all you really want is  a cheesesteak.

Hey, we’re Philadelphia fans.                                                                                                        We grew up with the spectre of the 1964 collapse.                                                                Our team was the first to reach 10,000 losses!

Now those are things we can relate to.  We’re much more comfortable being the lovable underdogs, the hardworking blue-collar team that win or lose, leaves it all on the field.

But what I especially love about these Phillies, highly touted or not,  is that they’re still a real “Philly team.”  They work hard, they don’t talk a lot, well maybe except Jimmy, and they certainly leave it all on the field.

Even Cliff Lee our ‘high-priced free agent signing’ already fits the mold.  He not only took less money to come to the Phillies, but he turned down the Yankees in the process.  And credited the fans’ passion as a big reason he wanted to return.  Is he a Philly guy or what?

So while for me, being a fan of the frontrunner is still a work in progress, I guess it’s better than starting the countdown to the 11,000th loss, right?

But Buster, just in case, why don’t you go ahead and pick those Braves.


2 Responses to “A Fan’s Dilemma”

  1. LJ March 15, 2011 at 1:08 am #

    And Shane. Shane talks a whole lot.

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