My friend John Hollon over at TLNT is a Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim fan (which for starters should not be allowed to be a name – I mean really! Let’s just call them what they are The Mighty Ducks!) and we were having a discussion about the differences between American League fans (AL) and National League fans (NL). I’m a Detroit Tigers fan – have been all my life – my Mom actually dated Kirk Gibson for a while while he was a Tiger, although she didn’t know who he was when she met him (which I think is very funny, since he was one of the biggest names in baseball at the time), and I’m pretty sure Kirk didn’t see it as exclusive and I never got to call him “Daddy” or even “Uncle Kirk” – although he did give me a signed baseball by the entire 84 Tigers (then my dog chewed on it – now you know my entire life).
Back to AL vs. NL.
John sees the differences between the two leagues fans as this:
“To me, AL fans aren’t as beholden to tradition (eg, the Designated Hitter). They’re more into style and looking good (more excitement, runs and scoring), than substance. NL fans believe in the basics of the game — pitchers hitting, use of the sacrifice to move along runners, low scoring games, more pitching and defense… maybe, sometimes, even a little boring…”
I can’t really disagree with him – it’s a pretty spot-on assessment – but we are both AL guys, so we have to believe “our” league is a little bit sexier and more exciting than those NL fans!
Here’s my take:
American League Fans
|National League Fans|
|Hot Dog with Mustard||Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa|
|Budweiser (or Bud Light for the ladies)||Mojitos (for both guys and gals – unless it’s Philadelphia than its beer snuck into the stadium hidden in their kids pants)|
|Fitted Ball Cap – Flat brim||Yeah-no, it messes up my look|
|Batting Practice in the outfield bleachers 2 hours before game time||No one arrives before the 3rd inning – I mean don’t look desperate|
|7th Inning Stretch||Bottom of 6th running to the parking lot to beat traffic|
|Removing your cap for the National Anthem||What’s with this obsession with hats?|
|Sitting at a game while it’s snowing||Forgetting you have tickets for a game|
|Big Giant Guys hitting Bombs!||Pitchers up to bat who look like they’re about to be attacked by a pit bull|
Let’s face it the American League is just top to bottom better baseball – Red Sox, White Sox, Yanks, Twins, Tigers, Angels, Rays and Rangers. The National League just can’t compete with: Braves, Philly, Cubs, Reds, Padres, Cards and Giants. The only fans you can really r