True fans understand the dynamic of sports fandom. You cheer your team, you boo the other team, you have a few hated rivals to whom you say inflammatory things in order rile their fans and get them kicked out of your home ballpark (for example, reminding Yankee fans that Derek Jeter allegedly gave Jessica Alba herpes). This is the world of the fan and to survive here requires a certain edge. When fans' chemistry is off, that edge becomes dull. The buzz around the Big A has never been greater with the switch to DiPoto as GM and his big name signings. Yet, their remains a certain gap in our gusto.
The gap I am referring to is that of the team scapegoat. Players, coaches and even management can become a scapegoat. Why do we, as fans, require this? The same reasons as anyone. Someone has to take blame. We will not accept the “win some, lose some” mentality, lest we “lose some” that cost our team entrance into the postseason. Someone must be held accountable, by god! We will find that person and hold them responsible for our misery!
Jeff Mathis! Front and center! You sorry excuse for a catcher! Scoscia may like you because you catch for our ace pitchers, but we as fans will not be satiated! What with your sub .200 batting average and your horrible-
...Oh. Toronto. Right.
Fine! Scott Kazmir! You hack! ERA above 17 for the Salt Lake Bees?! Their our minor-league affiliate, you imbecile! How dare you leech money from the team like that and-
...Free agent? Ah, well then. Best of luck in his future endeavors.
Very well! Tony Reagins! You sorry excuse for a GM! You let Vlad go and kept Rodney?! What were you thinking?! You get up here right now and take your-
...Resigned? Jeez, this is going to be harder than I thought.