Posted at 9:55 AM on May 24, 2006
by David Zingler
Now that the Twins stadium situation is solved with the Iraq War and global warming sure to follow, I decided to turn my thoughts to more trivial, if not amusing causes Ė namely, how much more fun it is to root for your team on the road.
At home in the Dome, after listening to fans cheer at a routine catch in the outfield or boo when one of their beloved Twins is called out at first on a play that really isnít that close, I often find myself becoming sarcastic and cynical (I know, itís a stretch). I soon begin to pick on my team, whether itís Joe Mauerís corny image, Torii Hunterís unjustified ego or Justin Morneauís choice of AC/DC for his at-bat intro music. In short, I just donít play Minnesota Nice.
As I was reminded of last weekend in Milwaukee however, it all changes on the road. Being bad is good for your team. When I am surrounded by beer guzzling, cheddar chomping Brewers fans in Brett Favre jerseys, I soon begin to stand up and cheer at plays that would require mild applause at the Dome. I take great delight in the fact that my sub .500 team is beating up a soon-to-be Triple A pitcher from my home state. I like my team again! Itís a beautiful thing.
So, if youíve become bored with your team, even taken it for granted or began looking around at more flashy alternatives, I recommend spicing things up a bit. Take a road trip, it could rekindle the spark.
As a die hard Twins fan, re-located to the east cost, I find when I go home that fans at the dome have no passion. No one has any fight, no one heckles or cheers like they mean it at home. We are put to shame by Yankee fans, Red Sox fans, and even the Natinals fans.
We should start cheering like we mean it in the dome and our new digs. It will make the games that much better.