This has obviously been a trying year for Rockies fans and there is little to no hope to salvage this year. There seems to be two distinct groups of people that are still interested in the Rockies and their approach to the team couldn’t be more different. The differentiation between these two groups made me wonder “what is a good fan?”
Camp #1 – The Believers.
These people are decked out in Purple head to toe, have nothing but positive things to say about the Rockies, encourage every player as they step to the plate and won’t give up hope on a game until the very last out. They make it to every game their schedule allows for and honestly think that the turn around is just around the corner.
When talking to these people it is easy to understand that they believe your team is your team. They don’t think a real fan can walk away when things get rough, just to jump on the bandwagon when things turn around as if they had been a fan all along.
Camp #2 – The Disenchanted.
These people take great satisfaction in every Rockies loss. They have a morbid fascination with each and every new way the Rockies find to lose. They think Tulo is fragile, Todd is too old, Cargo overpaid, Dex is unrealized potential and the pitchers can’t be described on a family friendly site. They are sure that Dan O’Dowd is the architect that has brought ruin to Coors Field and don’t believe Tracy can’t manage his way out of a paper bag. If they go to the games at all it is simply to voice their displeasure.
These fans think the Meat Brothers won’t bring about change unless the losses continue to mount and the fan base dwindles away. They find their only solace in a high draft picks (that O’Dowd is sure to spoil). They are not satisfied with the product at Coors Field and want the Rockies management to know through their booing and by closing their wallets.
Personally I think both camps have a tremendous amount of passion for the Rockies and want nothing but a string of world series flags to fly in Coors; but what is a good fan?
Is it the fan that stands by their team and enables the Monforts to keep up business as usual?
Is it the fan that spews vitriol and threatens the financial stability of the Rockies by refusing to support the product on the field in hopes of change?
I find myself firmly in the second camp, but does it make me a good fan? or a bad fan? are the enabling fans good for the Rockies or do they hurt the long term goals of winning a world series? These questions vex me this year. I wanted to get some other peoples thoughts.