I have a confession to make. I haven’t watched a lot of Rays baseball over the last two weeks.
That is partly because professional obligations (I have a profession aside from this blog) have occupied portions of my evenings. But, that is just a convenient excuse.
I have been following the games. I know the outcomes. I read the papers. I even listen to most of the games on the radio. But, the truth is, I just can’t watch.
I think there are a lot of reasons I can’t watch. It’s hard to watch when you know we aren’t likely to win. It just is. Even the most die-hard fan has to admit that. But that isn’t it. I have literally watched (heck, worked) thousands of
Devil Rays games they had no chance of winning. I am not watching because I don’t want to spend my evenings watching bad baseball. And that is exactly what we are playing right now. Bad baseball.
Excuses can be made. (We’re hurt. We’ve had bad luck. We’re scraping the bottom of the barrel just to fill the clubhouse — see Conrad, Brooks). Those excuses just explain why the on-field product is bad. So I’m not really watching.
Sometimes I turn it on for an inning or two. Sometimes I watch something else and check in on the game. I really prefer listening to the game on the radio while reading in my living room. Hearing Andy and Dave describe the gang-that-can’t-shoot-straight is somehow easier to take than seeing it live. I’m not sure why.
So here is the question I pose to you, readers of The Ray Area. Does that make me a bandwagon fan?
Do I have some kind of fan obligation to watch the Rays even when the product isn’t entertaining? It’s not like I have put the season to the side. I’m not writing them off because they are losing. I am still following them closely. I just don’t want to sit through their current ineptitude.
So, what say you, does my waning desire to watch put me in camp with the Johnny-Come-Latelys?