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Look around on Rockies websites, blogs, social media and anywhere else that a baseball fan might be able to express their views. Take a look at the comments section of those locations on the internet and see what Rockies fans are saying.
Simply said, it isn't pretty.
The reality is, internet comments sections, where someone can hide behind the anonymity of a screen name, can pretty much be described as the garbage can of the internet. Comments are often times lack so much logic to the point where the reader might question society as a whole and who shares this small globe.
However, with the Rockies mired in their third consecutive awful season, the debate rages on over what makes a true fan of the Colorado Rockies.
There seems to be no middle ground for Rockies fans. Fans are either extremely critical of the Rockies and are calling for the heads of as many members of the front office as possible. The other side of the coin are the fans who suggest that being a true fan means blindly accepting anything and everything that the team does and says.
Both of these polar opposites create anger. The passionate fans who believe that a major overhaul is necessary feel that the fans who think that being negative isn't going to help anything are the same fans who are enabling an ownership group who thinks that changes shouldn't be made because fans keep showing up. The fans who insist on remaining positive believe that real fans would never exhibit such strong anger towards a team that they truly love.
The reality is this, the Rockies are a terrible team. There is no denying that. Even those ultimately positive fans who believe that the Rockies simply were struck with bad luck are realizing that there are extreme holes in the way that this team was constructed. It is hard to deny that this team isn't in extreme need for some major changes in order to turn their fate around quickly. If nothing else, most at least acknowledge that a president is needed in order to hear a different voice in the front office.
The idea that to be a true fan it requires blind faith and a follow any and every move that the team decides to make is simply ludicrous.
Look at any friendship. A true friend doesn't stand by while his friend makes decisions that ruin his potential and destroy his life. A true friend isn't afraid to call out his good buddy and let him know that he is making decisions that are detrimental. In fact, quite the opposite is true of a bad friend, someone who doesn't actually care about their friend. Sometimes that real friend isn't afraid to offend that person. They are willing to call out the negative in order to improve their friend.
The same is true for fans of a team. The passion that overcomes a fan of a team often leads them down the road of second-guessing the moves of that club and even leads to anger when things don't go the way that they could, or when the level of play doesn't resemble the talent that is on the field. Anger oftentimes is the result of extreme passion.
It could be argued that the real fans are actually the fans who are actively getting more and more upset with the Rockies. It could be argued that the fans who simply believe everything that the Rockies do and say are simply casual fans. The losses don't eat away at those fans and the wins don't feel as good either. Baseball, for those fans, is something to pass the time away. It is a great way to spend a summer night and be entertained. When the Rockies win, great, when they lose, no big deal, it was still fun.
What makes someone who doesn't get upset when the team loses a real fan? What makes someone who doesn't over analyze every move that a team makes, who doesn't critique the farm system and play armchair general manager an actual fan?
It could be argued that the real fans are the ones who are the most angry.
There are some who believe that, after 21 years of Major League Baseball, that fans should just be excited to have a real team in their state. That couldn't be further from the truth. This baseball team, which is in Colorado because the citizens voted to fund a stadium that would house them, has been supported for years by loyal fans. A team that wears the word "Colorado" on their chests represents a state that is extremely proud of who they are. If they are going to represent the great state of Colorado, fans should be able to demand that they don't make it a joke.
The simple truth is this; those who accuse the angry fans of not being real fans are elitist snobs who think that they are better than everyone else. They desperately want to be a true fan, so instead of simply being a great fan, they actually have to put down the other fans of the team in order to feel better about themselves.
The Rockies are in bad shape. The actions of Dick Monfort and the front office suggest that they don't understand just how bad it is. For fans of this team, those who spend hard-earned dollars to go and watch baseball at Coors Field, watching from the sidelines and seeing the debacle continue to get worse and not doing something about it is unfathomable. Those fans are screaming for changes. They aren't screaming because they are fair-weather fans, they are screaming because they love this team, this city and this state and demand a better product.
When looking for true fans of the Rockies, writing off the angry fans is a bad idea.
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