I realize that many in America today no longer consider baseball to be the American Pastime. However, I respectfully don’t care. Baseball, to me, always has been, and still is, the epitome of sport. I know you can argue that gambling, performance enhancing drugs, player salaries and work stoppage issues have tarnished, if not diminished, the game. I cannot disagree that they have not hurt the public support of the game, but it simply boils down to this: you are either a fan of the game or a follower of the game.
Are you a fan or a follower, because they are not the same thing?
A fan might know when the team plays, and may even catch the score and or the game highlights on a late night sports show. They are mildly excited for opening day and the freshness found with the beginning of a new season. However, after the first week of play they may just keep up with scores and highlights until the faux middle of the season All-Star Break. Depending on where their favorite team is in the standings, a fan may have some renewed interest after the break until the August collapse or surge. By September, the fan will be watching highlights again for their information. If their team makes the playoffs, then they will become a super fan until the team’s season ends. If the team goes home at the end of the regular season, the fan will just go on complaining about how awful the play was or the managing was. A fan will then forget about the team until the next opening day rolls around again.
A follower not only knows when the game is, but also who is pitching for their favorite team and probably the opposing team. The follower was paying attention to the comings and goings through player-trades and free agency. When the pitchers and catchers report to spring training, that marks the actual beginning of the season for a follower. They ride the roller coaster of the season through the highs, lows, and corkscrew turns that happen throughout the six months of the season. They know the pitching rotation, batting order, and up-to-date statistics as their team chases the pennant. The follower actually votes for their favorite players to be a part of the All-Star team. They are in the stands cheering loudly and sincerely as often as possible, even through the dog days of summer. Though they may complain about the goings on of the team, a follower feels like they are part of the solution. Whenever the season comes to an end, be it the last day of the regular season or after game seven of the World Series, the follower suffers from a little bit of grief that it has all come to an end. However, the offseason moves and the winter meetings reinvigorate the follower with joy during the season of hope around Christmas.
The difference between a fan and a follower is that the fan is an observer and the follower is a participant. No, not on the field, we would all love to do that, but as close as they can possibly get. What makes life, not just baseball, more exciting (and dare I say worth living) is being a participant and not standing on the sidelines as a spectator. If you will participate in your life it will become more invigorating and enjoyable.
This is especially true in your life as an American citizen. We all frequently complain about what is going on in our nation from the local community all the way up to Washington, D.C., but how are we participating to become part of the solution, rather than a spectating exacerbation of the problem? I love baseball and I am a follower. I love the United States of America and I am a follower.
How about you? Are you participating or spectating?
God Bless America
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Those are just a few things that could generally describe Bergen Mease. However, more importantly he is a Believer in God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. He is a patriot of the United States of America that comes from a US Navy family. He lives with his wife and children, whom they are raising with conservative leanings. He served as a law enforcement officer and more recently as a law enforcement and emergency services Chaplain. His mission is to write about topics that will make everyone think about how they treat others both personally and professionally.