I think we all come at fandom from a similar angle. To be a fan is to support, or to love even. It has varying degrees and should hold no stipulations. Being a fan is a wholly misunderstood label that I think gets over complicated by fellow fans. You can’t be a bandwagon fan. You have to suffer with us if you want to be a “true” fan.
Perhaps my look on this particular issue is poorly tinted by forum-colored glasses, but there seems to be a lot of bullshit requirements to be a fan of a team. I mean, if I were to say to the masses of fans that it’s a good idea to install a jumbotron at Wrigley I would be met with some predictable resistance and I’m fairly sure I would be decried as a fake fan that is against tradition.
I don’t think that’s fair.
Despite our similarity in one respect, we are Cubs fans, we all come from varying angles and different backgrounds. To make someone adhere to an arbitrary set of rules to be a “true fan” is elitist bullshit. Being a sports fan should be an experience that is open to everyone. It should include varying points of view and we as fans should welcome intelligent discourse.
I am not the same as you. I did not come from the same background you came from. You and I may share a lot of similarities, but we are different people, even if the differences are subtle.
I enjoy that.
We are lucky to enjoy a living piece of baseball history in Wrigley Field, but we are now at the point where serious changes need to happen.
The Cubs are changing. Things change, the transience of life is what makes the small moments so fulfilling. It’s ok to say goodbye to certain things if it helps with progress. We aren’t saying goodbye to Wrigley. The changes that are proposed will help ensure the long term future of Wrigley in my opinion.
It won’t be so pure, there will be a few things at the stadium that will seem more commercial, there might be a jumbotron. None of that will take away the memories you had with Wrigley. None of that will sully the next generation of Cubs fan that will inherit the stadium.
Being a Cubs fan extends beyond a stadium. It reaches farther distances than 355/368/400/363/353. Being a Cubs fan is about more than just Wrigley Field. While Wrigley is an important part of our shared past it should not keep the Cubs from making certain changes to our baseball cathedral.
When I think of all the big baseball moments in recent years, when I think about the Giants clinching in the rain or Jayson Werth‘s beard walking off, none of those memories are stained because of the presence of a jumbotron. They stand alone as moments in baseball history because of the context and the moment itself.
It’s ok to change.