TAG: A personal essay on what’s it like to connect with a pro player and become avidly engaged in a match
As a fan, Iâ€™ve always been more on the rabid than the polite side. Once as a kid I threw a baseball through a window when Craig Nettles of my beloved New York Yankees struck out to end a big rally. My father looked at me incredulously then and said, â€œWhat do you get if the Yankees win?â€
Satisfaction, of course, but then thereâ€™s so much more. Even back then I knew that it was fruitless to try and explain to the half-hearted or rational fan what it feels like to root your team onto victory. As an emotionally over-the-top fan, I have to seek out others who view their teamâ€™s winning and losing in the same agonized, frenzied manner as I do.