The plight of an out of state fan…

You may or may not know this about me, but I live in Texas. Now when I say I live in Texas I don’t just mean anywhere in Texas, I live deep in the heart of Texas Rangers country. So much so that if I map out the Ballpark in Arlington my home is only 26 miles away. I decided that I’d share a few quick stories that have happened within the past couple of months as well as some general guideline pros and cons of being an Angels fan living where I do…

Cons: You’re never a part of the home crowd, when you’re at a game cheering for something everyone else is snarling at you for cheering when something bad happens to their team. When you are at the rivals stadium and there is a walk off homerun you never hear the end of it and you have to walk out to your car listening to smack talk the whole way! When they find out you are an out of area fan they groan. You don’t get the elation of a walk off homerun or slapping five with any and everyone around you any time there is a homerun. You always have to have your defense up. It’s a tall order to find someone else that loves your team and to share your joy with. You don’t get to bond with people over your love of sports team because most people where you live hate your team. When your team loses you are going to hear crap from any and everybody…

Pros: When you coach your son’s baseball team you can name them the Angels because no one in Texas wants that team name. When you coach your son’s baseball team you can name them the Angels because you love them and you know everyone loves the rangers and by naming them the Angels you can force people to have to have their kids on the Angels and they have to cheer for them as well! When your team beats the local team you get to talk smack to any and everybody. Regardless of what happens or has happened recently you can always point to the fact that your team won the World Series when they went and their team has currently lost two in a row.

 

Okay, three quick events (in order of craziness) that have happened within the last three months…

 

First, I coached my son’s baseball team here in Saginaw, Texas. Our team name, of course, was the Angels. All the kids’ parents were Rangers fans and had to root for the Angels. The level of craziness here wasn’t bad because these parents had to know they were getting the best looking uniforms in the league but I still enjoyed being able to wield my tiny bit of power around in this way!

Second, I am a licensed agent with State Farm and at a recent meeting I went to we all had to introduce ourselves and say what we enjoyed and hobbies etc… The collective groan that I heard when I said that I wrote for an Angels website out of California ruled! After I heard the groan I just said “THAT’S RIGHT!" I also made a point to hold up my Angels Phiten wristband for all to see!

Even funnier to me was when I started saying that I had tickets a little bit behind the dugout to next Friday’s Angels game in Colorado a lady turned around and said no one cares!! She was kidding with me but I thought she means it just a little bit! Not really crazy but I loved every minute of it!

Third, (and this is beyond crazy as I think the girl is a bit crazy as well). The day after Jered Weaver pitched his no-hitter I was at work talking with a guy about it and how he was the numeral Uno on the ESPN website that morning and the girl across the hall from me came over and threw a fit because “who cares about the Angels?! OH WOW!! Big deal they won one game! The rangers are better, blah blah, blah…” I mean this girl threw a fit and she wasn’t joking around either, it was so mind boggling to me, it was like a new level of how stupid some people can be just because you don’t like the same thing they like! Wanna hear crazier?! My boss told me at lunch one day last week that she approached him about it and asked that no one be allowed to talk about sports in the office because the Rangers were better and blah, blah. blah, blah, blah, blah! I couldn’t believe it when he told me that, I thought what a freaking idiot! And again, the worst part is she was dead serious about it!

I don’t guess I have a great point to finish this up with http://youtu.be/7zeTiQ17NIo but I will say this, if you are lucky enough to live near where the Angels play and to go home games be very thankful! My son and I went to 4 games last Spring and Summer at The Big A and there was nothing like being at a home game for the team we love and getting to cheer them on with everybody else!

And just for the heck of it I posted my new favorite picture of Mark Trumbo, walking off the Yankees the other night!