Dodgers or Giants: The Irrationality of Sports Fans

Why don’t Baseball fans support both teams in their home state?

Right off the bat, forgive the pun, you got the pun—right?
Right off the bat you can tell I’m not a true fan.
No true fan would ever have to ask the question.

California has two Major League Baseball teams.
*Correction: California has 5 MLB teams.
This post was better when there were only 2.

Anyway, as I was saying, they—meaning the LA Dogers & SF Giants, have a rivalry that goes back a long way.
It’s Baseball’s version of the Hatfields & the McCoys.
Some have called it the greatest rivalry in sports history.
It has it’s roots buried in the long-ago history of both teams when they were based in New York City.
The Dodgers were from Brooklyn and the Giants played at the Polo Grounds in Manhattan.
How’d they both end up in California?

Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley decided to move the team to Los Angeles for financial and other reasons.[4] Along the way, he managed to convince Giants owner Horace Stoneham (who was considering moving his team to Minnesota) to preserve the rivalry by bringing his team to California as well.

Fast forward to the current season.
In my family we have Giants fans and Dodger fans.
My Mom and brother root for the Giants and my son-in-law and husband support the Dodgers.

Here’s the part I don’t get.
If one team bombs, why not switch and root for the ones that are doing better?
I mean, at some point it becomes obvious that the Giants are gonna have to live to play & win another day.

The Dodgers are currently in 1st place.
Giants’ fans hate that.

Does this seem irrational to anyone else?
Am I the only one who thinks it’s great to have two teams in our state?
It like doubles our chances of having a winning team?
If your 1st pick isn’t performing, just switch and support the other team.

When I asked this question at a family gathering you’d have thought I was advocating drowning kittens.
The outcry was horrific.
“What?”
“You can’t do that!”
“Dodgers fans are loyal fans. We support ’em no matter what their stats look like.”
“Hey, the Giants won the World Series in 2012. Remember?”
“We don’t just quit ’em in a slump.”

OK.
I don’t understand, but I won’t ever make that stupid suggestion again.
Now I’m questioning my own capacity for loyalty.
Now I feel like a user, just in it for the win.

But, it’s just a game, right?
I mean it’s not like asking someone to give up the moral high ground and switch from Coke to Pepsi.
Don’t even suggest it.
Not to me.
That’s never happening.
Ever.

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5 Comments on “Dodgers or Giants: The Irrationality of Sports Fans

  1. Hahaha!! I can only imagine the look on your son-in-law’s face!! I understand, in my family we rooted for both the Giants and the Red Sox. The Red Sox first- Grandpa was born and bred in Boston- then the Giants. He loved SF and when Gram and he were dating here in Sacramento adopted them. He was a communications officer in the Navy and she was a nurse at Mercy. I totally understand wanting to just simply take pride in the teams of your state. But I guess you can’t suggest that to the Kings and the Laker fans either. 🙂

    • I forgot about the Kings and Lakers! The funny thing to me is how fans perceive real evil in the other team and their fans. I’ve heard some pretty awful things said about Raiders fans, but my neighbor and her husband, who are nice people, are devout Raiders fans. I think there must be some stereotyping at play.
      A Grandpa from Boston. Did he have great stories? I love Boston.

  2. As the wife of a baseball fan I have to point out there are 5 California teams in MLB. In the north state we have the Giants and the A’s and in the south there are the Dodgers, Angels and Padres!! I can see supporting whichever “local” team is doing best but as Californians I’m afraid the divide between North and South may be too wide to cross.
    I know that for my husband the love of the Dodgers goes all the way back to his little league days. There’s a loyalty and devotion to the team that may at times seem in vain, but then there are times like these…

    • 5 teams in California?
      Oh yeah, I loved Moneyball.
      Thanks for the correction.
      I don’t get the connection between Little League and fan loyalty later in life?
      Yet another Baseball mystery incomprehensible to the non-fan.

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