Graham Blog: Fans Continue To Go Too Far
Submitted by Carson Now Reader on Sat, 10/13/2012 - 2:15pm
Event Date:October 13, 2012 (All day)
There is a problem with some American sports fans. We all need to realize that there will be a loser in every game no matter what sport you watch. The loser of course takes more of the spotlight when the games mean a lot more than just a regular season game.
Yesterday, the Saint Louis Cardinals made one of the greatest comebacks in sports' history by beating the Washington Nationals in a decisive, winner-take-all, Game 5. The Nationals got off to a fantastic start by jumping out to a 6-0 lead. The Cardinals never gave in, and slowly chipped away at the Nationals’ lead.
In the top of the ninth inning the Nationals had a 7-5 lead and were primed to move onto the National League Championship Series. The Nationals’ pitcher Drew Storen came on to finish off what seemed to be a victory. However, the Cardinals came back to score four runs, and ruin the Nationals’ season by eventually winning the game 9-7. The Nationals were shocked, and sent packing.
Here is the problem sports fans have and it is becoming an alarming problem. Drew Storen has received numerous threats and hate messages on his Twitter account. Fans are venting their anger on him for the Nationals’ demise. What these fans seem to forget is that there is a sense of pressure that they will never understand what Drew went through.
Put yourself in his shoes for a change: Game 5 with 40,000+ fans screaming. Win and go on, or lose and go home. You have the weight of the world on your shoulders. Go ahead, I dare anyone to do it, and tell me how it goes. But to the typical fan, you have a two run lead, one strike away and THAT is solid steel, there is NO WAY the Nationals can lose.
Reality check: There is a saying: “It’s not over until the fat lady sings.” Well, guess what, the fat lady never showed up in Washington D.C., she instead was heard in Saint Louis, Missouri singing for the Cardinals. Drew gave up the four runs yes but that does not constitute the rash of hate messages on Twitter.
Drew Storen is a human being when it comes down to it that just happens to play baseball at the highest level while still going to college. That’s right, a college student. What right does anyone have to say things of that nature to a young adult or anyone for that matter? The fact is, it is against the law, and those who made threats should be prosecuted. Those fans have showed me that they lack intelligence and common sense. It makes me sick. Do us all a favor, and keep your mouths shut.