what i watched last week
bronson arroyo, my new favorite baseball player

you ess ay

Kevin Youkilis charges the mound, thinking he’s been thrown at, changing the entire direction of the game. A fan at a South American soccer match gets irate at the opposing team, rushes the field, and punches one of the players; the game is suspended. I sit at the Giants game, yelling at the Giants to get into a team fight, questioning their spirit, and later post to Twitter, “Fuck the world and the dodgers and their fans,” then tell one Dodger fan who replies that she can eat shit.

Today I’ll be at my fourth Giants game in four days … the Giants have lost every game so far. When I get home, I’ll watch the World Cup qualifier between the USA and Mexico (and I won’t be reading emails or tweets or anything else, because the match is being played while I’m at the Giants game, so don’t be insulted if I ignore you for a few hours).

There are many times when spectator sports seem to me to be a marvelous thing. The last few days, I’ve hated life, sports, and myself, not to mention any human being with the audacity to root for the wrong team. I am not a good person, and it’s hard to see how spectator sports is doing much to help me improve.

Because … and there are larger implications here … I don’t just hate the other team, I hate their supporters. That’s not how it’s supposed to be … that’s how you end up with religious feuds that last for centuries, to take things to a grandiose place. You like the Dodgers, I like the Giants, you wear blue, I hate blue (blue is actually my favorite color, well, teal/turquoise), I hate you for wearing blue, your shirt becomes a symbol of what I hate, I wear orange (showing my colors), suddenly the symbols of our affection become things to fight over. It’s pathetic, and I’m going to go out and do it again today. I need to turn my anger where it belongs: at myself.

Comments

david

it ain't easy being... orange.

gabby

6 more games... can't wait. Love the Manny booing from the only people on earth who cut Barry slack. I'm so done the with list of 103 offenders and all the associated crap. Bring back greenies, cream, and clear, and stop whining about brush backs. what a bunch of wusses.

Steven

As I told another friend who is a Dodger fan, we aren't booing Manny ... we are booing all of the sanctimonious assholes who told us we were amoral pricks for cheering Barry.

gabby

Oh, and if the best the Gs can do after the retirement of a HOF player is that fat goose panda and silly hats, you got nothing but heartache.

Steven

I'll take the heartache ... at least I can sleep at night knowing I'm not a Dodger fan.

donneal

what did i tell you about having dodger fans for friends?

gabby

How can someone with such an exceptional, incredible taste in music fail so miserably when it comes to...well...damn!

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