LADY AT THE BAT: Yanks Win 8-Straight, Get Booed

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Yanks Win 8-Straight, Get Booed

The Yankees were booed while they were losing to Oakland today.

The fans were upset. Annoyed. Perhaps even angry. You might also say they were outraged. After all, these are the New York Yankees. They're supposed to win every game, right?

Well, if you're a fair weather fan who only goes to games at the new Yankee Stadium only because you can afford it and because you love all the amenities, yeah. If you're someone who doesn't really understand that baseball is grind, a marathon, yeah. If you're someone who drank the championship-or-bust kool-aid, yeah, of course they're supposed to win every game.

The rest of us know what the deal is. Or, do we? I wonder how many people at the Stadium today were Real Fans, and did some (or all) of those Real Fans get caught up in the moment? If you've studied sociology, you've read about "crowd mentality." I'm not a sociology expert, but I know that the basic definition of it is that, when you're in a crowd, you lose your ability to reason and take on the mentality of the crowd you're in. That's a scary thing. It could lead to tragedy. Usually it doesn't, however. It usually only leads to feelings of embarrassment from the people in the crowd. Trust me, I speak from experience.

I always get angry when, while I'm watching a game on television, I hear Alex Rodriguez get booed, a lot of time for no reason other than the fact that he's Alex Rodriguez. I know that Alex doesn't need me to feel sorry for him, but I do, and it makes me feel a little better to know that there is such a thing as crowd mentality.

Go Alex. Go Yankees.


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