Monday, October 20, 2008
Looking back to the Insanely Long Fanbase Email
All the way back on March 28th, I did my preview of the season.
I didn't break down the teams and stats because there are far better qualified people than me to do that.
Instead I tried to figure out what a World Series title would mean to each fan base... how hungry they were for it... what veterans without a World Series Ring were on the team... and basically try to take the pulse as best as I can about the fan bases.
Well let's take a quick peak of what I said about both pennant winners:
Philadelphia has replaced Boston as the sports city near New York that is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. It's not just that they've lost title chances. They've blown titles with great stars on their team. This city needs a sports pick me up and one bigger than a Mark Wahlberg Eagles movie. This is Philly... if one of their teams doesn't win soon, someone might get whacked.
Can you believe it has been 10 years since the Devil Rays were vomitted onto the field and they have yet to win 71 games in a season. Who knows what their fan base is like or if they actually have one?
In terms of the category of "who will be let off the hook?":
Also every other Philly star since 1983 including Barkley, Iverson, Lindros and McNabb.
Whoever thought it was a good idea to put a team in Tampa Bay
So either a passionate sports city will sigh in relief or a mind bogglingly young team will have a chance to build a fan base from the calls of contraction.