The Fan (1996)
In 1996, a movie called “The Fan” was released. It was about a deranged, obsessive baseball fan who went to crazy lengths to try to “help” his favorite ballplayer succeed. Of course, it wasn’t fandom, but an unhealthy obsession that led to stealing, kidnapping and murder.
I was only eight when this movie came out, so I never got a chance to see the movie. It wasn’t until last night I saw it on Crackle and decided to watch it. The plot of the movie in itself isn’t a bad one. There are plenty of crazy fans that go too far for their team or a favorite player sometimes. This story did go a little extreme, but the premise of this movie isn’t something that is out of the ordinary.
But sadly, that’s where the movie fails. As good as the story was, the storytelling was horrible.
So why do I feel compelled to tell my thoughts on a movie that was released 18 years ago?
In a game between the Marlins and A’s, this fan wears a Marlins shirt and an A’s cap. I don’t get it. Choose one. You can’t have both.
I don’t know your story and I don’t want to know it. It’s just not what you should be wearing.
I agree with what he said. He’s right. Fans running onto the field causing a delay is stupid. They could be dangerous and we have seen it before. The anger and frustration is justifiable.
Of course, there is a fine line as to what fans can and can’t do when running onto the field. Even yesterday I was talking about how cool it was when those two fans ran onto the field to congratulate Hank Aaron. I love it when fans storm the field or court after a huge upset win in sports.
On opening day, Johnson came into a scoreless game and gave up two runs in the 9th inning and the A’s would lose that game. He was booed after recording the third out of the inning.
Last night, Johnson came into the 9th inning with a 4-3 lead but ended up blowing the save, allowing three runs to score. When he was removed from the game, the Athletics fans booed him mercilessly.
In his first two appearances with his new club, Johnson has lost both games and his ERA is at 45.00.
I am so glad this is over. This clogged up my timeline like no other this past week. (And I am an A’s fan and I am an Eric Sogard fan.)
MLB, with MLB Network, held a contest where fans on Twitter can send tweets with the hashtag #FaceofMLB and the selected player’s name to be counted as vote for the Face of MLB contest. The final was between #DavidWright and #EricSogard.
But what exactly is the Face of MLB contest and what is the prize? It’s a contest to see who is the Face of MLB. What does that mean? Nothing. It’s a fictional prize that has no merit and it really is a filler space for the offseason to distract baseball fans and get them interacting and uniting for a value-less prize. It’s more of a contest to see which fanbase is more active on Twitter.
Essentially, it’s a pointless Internet popularity contest. A popularity contest. The silly stuff people have in high school.
People are upset over the results of an Internet popularity contest.
It’s smart marketing in terms of interaction with fans, but it is just filler. The contest means nothing. No charity money gets raised, no real tangible prizes are given away. It’s basically just empty sugar.
So when Eric Sogard, an unlikely favorite, lost to David Wright this morning following a late surge, A’s fans called out MLB for tainting the voting process for an award that holds no meaning.
Remember when the Canucks lost the Stanley Cup and their fans rioted? Shame on them?
Remember when the Giants rioted and there was public destruction?
I thought “Red Sox Nation” would be better. After all, we talk about them like their fanbase are gods among men. But of course not, why are they any different? I suppose all fanbases are like that. Why do they do that? Why do they destroy things in celebration?
If the Oakland A’s ever won a title in the near future, I am going to be nowhere near Oakland. I might get shot in celebration. Stupid people.