New USSM rule: no one is the judge of fandom
I don’t get to say that people who could watch tonight’s replay of Ichiro setting the single-season hits record and not feel choked up aren’t fans.
And they don’t get to say that I’m not a Mariner fan because I’m not as enthusiastic as they are about bringing Griffey back, or whatever they might see as my most egregious shortcoming.
I’ve seen this come up repeatedly in recent comment threads (you’re not a fan if you don’t think steroids are the worst thing ever, you’re not a fan if you aren’t interested in the team’s long term fortunes, and on and on and on). I’m tired of it. Mariner fandom comes in many forms, and I try to hold some appreciation for all its varieties.
I will no longer have any patience for being a jerk about your personal view of what “fan” means being the only valid interpretation. And if I do it, please, yell at me.
That’s all. Please return to your regular business.