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Win or Lose, We Are Fans Forever

One of our writers made the front page of her local paper today. Many of us feel her pain.

It's our very own Greis!

It’s our very own Greis!

I live in a city whose baseball team hasn’t finished above .500 in twenty years. That’s longer than I have lived here in Pittsburgh, but I understand how the natives feel. My beloved Red Sox went 86 years between World Series victories. So when a Pirates fan ran onto the field in Arlington, Texas earlier this week, after the Pirates’ 82nd victory clinched an end to the longest losing streak in professional sports, I understood what he was thinking. His defense was priceless. He said it was stupid, but what do you expect from a fan who has continued to support a team that hasn’t had a winning season in two decades?

It hasn’t been quite that long for Greis’ Astros. They went to the World Series in 2005, but it has been downhill since then. Still, she keeps going to games, and here’s why:  “Even bad teams need fans.”

It’s easy to get on the bandwagon when your team is doing well. It takes a lot more of whatever Greis has to keep going to the ballpark when they are not.

Our hats off to you, Greis!

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ClumberKim is a sports geek. The die was cast early, by age 8, when Kim told anyone who would listen that she wanted to be the Boston Bruins statistician when she grew up. She could rattle off the roster by number, position, or hometown. Her sports interests are diverse, ranging from figure skating to football. She loves to watch golf, read books about golf, and trash talk golf, but she has never swung a club. The Fantasia Gardens course at Disney World doesn't count. Her participation in sports is limited to tennis in high school, rugby in college (where she excelled in the third half), and pitching endlessly to her baseball-loving son.

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2 Replies to Win or Lose, We Are Fans Forever

  1. Sarah says:

    I love this! This is what real fans do.

  2. norm says:

    YAY. In the Seventies, when the 49ers were *terrible* (I mean, it was bad; worse than the early Alex Smith era – I mean Steve Spurrier was once hoped to be the savior of the franchise, it was that bad), the few fans who turned up called themselves the “49er Faithful,” and swapped tales of trying to find parking at Kezar Stadium back in the old days, etc. Anyway. Yay.

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