Consider this a kind of a respectful rant if you will.
I grew up in the East Bay and the A’s are my team. I’ve been vocal about that for a while and it’s no secret. But unlike a lot of A’s fans, I do not hate, despise or whatever you call it with the Giants. They are the other team across the Bay. They aren’t a real rival to the A’s. I appreciate and love the Bay and I want good things for my area.
With that said, the Giants winning another World Series would be very tough on me as an A’s fan. Part of it is because I wish my team could have beat the Tigers. But the real reason has nothing to do with the game, but the aftermath.
Since the 2010 World Series win, I have never seen so many bandwagon fans in my life. People who have never even mentioned a word of baseball to me started to act like they’ve believed since day one.
The 2010 Giants created what we saw in Boston after the 2004 World Series. The bandwagon grew out of control. Now it was the cool thing to do.
Because of that, the media has picked up on it and these “fans” have given me a hard time. These people always want to talk down on Oakland as a second class city. They talk down on the A’s as if they are this eye sore in the Bay Area. It’s been tough with all the attention going to the Giants like this.
I have friends who have been Giants fans since they were in diapers and for them, I am happy. They deserve this. But that’s only a handful. I’ve encountered more people who are on the bandwagon just because it’s the cool thing right now.
Because of that, we have the above video where people wearing Giants gear show up to A’s games. I see that way too often. The Giants aren’t even playing the A’s and yet these people in Giants gear show up. A’s fans don’t do that, so why do Giants fans want to rub it in?
I’ll never understand why. I am only observing it as an outsider. Giants fans probably don’t notice what they’re doing and don’t care. They’re enjoying the ride and the true fans deserve it. But it’s a shame that because of all this, people like me get ragged on, insulted and pushed aside.
I have no problems with the Giants as an organization (except for whiny general manager). I have no problems with the players on the team either (except for Brian Wilson — he just looks scary). They’re a good baseball team and one that I appreciate. It’s all the surrounding things about it that get to me.
So if the Giants win this World Series, I will have to hear it from the bandwagon fans, see all the love and embrace the insult. It’s only the bandwagon fans that are doing it and I see more of them than real fans. And it’s probably an inherited culture now to laugh and toss the A’s around. Probably stemming from the team’s desire to not treat the A’s as a neighbor and not help out with the San Jose situation.
I wouldn’t be all super depressed or anything like that if the Giants win the World Series. If they do, good for them. They earned it. I accept it. Nothing I can do to change it.
I just don’t want to deal with the same stuff that happened in 2010 multiplied by double or triple. I feel like I am being attacked for no reason.
It’ll be relief if the Giants don’t win and I don’t have to deal with all this again. But I have no control over that. I just have to watch the World Series and see what unfolds. I hope that the aftermath won’t be as cruel as it was a couple years ago, but as it appears right now, I’m just being an optimistic fool.
** To all the real Giants fans that didn’t jump on the bandwagon, who’ve been to those cold night games at Candlestick, you deserve to see your team succeed and I am happy for you. It’s too bad I don’t see enough of you and more of the fake fans a lot more since 2010.