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