So I’ve seen some grumblings from alleged Brewer fans regarding the supposed “classless” Cub fans. I won’t go on about how Cub fans are better in this way or that. It’s wasted time to me. The point is- teams have some complete idiotic buffoons that embarrass other fans of the same team. No team is immune.
You all have seen it at the ballpark or in a bar. There’s that guy that makes you want to slink down further in your seat and pull your hat over your eyes as he stands there spitting beer while shouting obscenities at some other team’s fans…probably with small children trembling in fright next to them.
Let’s face it- there’s a right way and a wrong way to be a fan. But when we get to talking about “classless”, why not look to the teams too?
Is it class when your team has been beaten in every way and down 9-1 in the ninth to throw at the opponent’s hitter who just happened to tag you for two home runs? Is it class to shatter your bat at the plate, not run out the fly ball, and proceed to yell “horse sh*t” at the umpire somewhere close to two dozen times? Is it class, after having been ejected, to sit in the dugout pouting and delay the game?
David Bush hit two batters and gave up three home runs. That’s his fault. Eric Gagne, having previously shown the Brewers he’s no longer a closer, was dubiously inserted in the ninth. He throws increasingly inside on the first three pitches and then behind Jim Edmonds. Classless. It was the equivalent to a hockey coach sending in his cement head to take out another player.
Prince Fielder wants to argue balls and strikes…in the bottom of the ninth inning…down by 10 runs. Admitedly, Doug Eddings had an inconsistent strike zone and his definition of a swing is the near equivalent to my definition of standing still. However, when your team has already embarrassed themselves to the tune of 11-1 (at that point), that one outside pitch isn’t all that much to cry about in the scheme of things.
To top it off, you have the illogical Ned Yost at the helm. To send Gagne in as a headhunter was a clear sign he had lost control and his team proceeded to come unglued. There were other instances in the series when he likely cost his team an edge or the game itself (See: Ben Sheets being hung out to dry).
You can always move away from the classless fan. But what do you do when it’s your team that’s classless?
Yost is classless and the Brewers fans deserve better.