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Why Do Heels at Baseball Games Get Such a Bad Rap? And Why Are Fans So Distrustful of Each Other’s Fandom?

Andrew Baggarly said it best:  “Giants lose 1-0 to Seattle. Let’s take that 2:28 game time and stick it in the Xerox machine.”   ‘Nuff said about today’s game.  Why is there so much interleague play in Spring Training, anyway?

On another note… it’s International Women’s Day.  I don’t really know why women need a day (isn’t every day sort of International Women’s Day?), but I hope you are all enjoying it.

I actually started writing this before I saw what day it is but now it seems even more relevant.  Why do high heels at baseball games get such a bad rap?

Reasons I Have Read:

*You can’t walk up flights of stairs in them

*They get dirty

*They look trashy

*You’re just doing it to get attention

*And mostly, you couldn’t be a real baseball fan

Those are all false/not good reasons to give ‘em a bad rap.

*You can’t walk up flights of stairs in them

Well, yes, actually, I can.

*They get dirty

Yes, they do.  I ruined a pair of white shoes when someone spilled Coke on them at Dodger stadium.  But that happens at parties too.  Occupational hazard of wearing clothes or shoes is that they will get wear and tear.

*They look trashy

That depends on the heels.  Not all heels are trashy.

*You’re just doing it to get attention

I think we all dress to get attention, subconsciously.  I think I dress to look nice.  But yes, there is an attention thing in there somewhere.

*And mostly, you couldn’t be a real baseball fan

And why not?  Just because some people like wearing a giant team sweatshirt and 100 year old sneakers doesn’t make them a real fan.  If I wear a trench and scarf and skirt and heels, that doesn’t make me a real fan.  But it doesn’t make me a fake fan either.  It’s not really about the clothes at all. The fact is that I am not a tomboy and I never have been.  I have always been a formal dresser and I like heels 365 days a year.  So will I wear that to a baseball game?  Yes.  That implies nothing about my level of interest of understanding of the game. 

I would also just like to say that women who brag that they can talk stats as much as any man drive me crazy.  If you can, all the power to you.  I just don’t think it needs to be relative.  Some women like baseball, some men like baseball.  Some women don’t like baseball, some men don’t like baseball.  Personally, plenty of women and man can out-stat me.  But I live and breathe and eat baseball (You know.  Not literally.  Do you know what those things are made of?) and I love learning about it.  That’s the kind of fan that I am.

The bottom line is that fans are fans.  We all like different things about the game.  We all dress differently.  I wish fans could be a little more comfortable with that.  It’s 2011, beautiful people.

I’m curious to hear everyone’s opinions on this.  The questions in the title are really questions.  Those are just my two cents.

Diamond Girl

p.s.  Disclaimer: The only thing this does not apply to is people who call AT&T Park Pacbell Park.  You are a certified fake fan (not to mention – sorry but it’s true -a  moron) if you call it that.

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My eyes are crossing.

My eyes are crossing.

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My Twitter feed is exploding with tweets about people who I’ve really, totally never heard of and their arbitration deals.  I mean, why did nobody warn me that today is The Ultimate Arbitration Day?  A little warning would have softened the blow and I would have done a cucumber treatment on my eyes last night in preparation for the exploding Twitter feed thing.

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I had a dream last night that the Rangers re-signed Bengie Molina and it made me wonder if there’s any news on him.  Google News search ensues.  No news.  In the dream I was also stumbling across the field at AT&T Park, which was made out of that bizarre springy material they have on playgrounds, in these nightmarishly high shoes.  Yeah.  Bengie being re-signed was the only nice part of the dream.

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So what’s the weirdest baseball dream you’ve ever had?  As you probably know, I dream a good deal about baseball.  Especially in the offseason.  Do share, beautiful people.  And sweet dreams to all.

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Diamond Girl

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My Selection Process for Liking Teams & What CJ Wilson and Viggo Mortensen Have in Common

After the Roy Halladay no-hitter yesterday, I was reminded how much I love baseball, no matter the team.  And what Halladay has done this year is just so, incredibly awesome.  I don’t know of another word to describe it.  But it also got me thinking, How does one become a fan of a certain team?  Why do I enjoy watching this team more than that team?   I know some kids grow up with parents who are fans and get it from them, but it wasn’t that way for me.  My parents weren’t into baseball at all.  I fell in love with baseball after spending a lot, a lot of time at Little League games and then AT&T Park and Renel captured my heart.  I started listening on the radio a little.  A lot.  Every day.  (That was the progression.)  I think in the end it was Jon Miller, Dave Flemming, Kruk and Kuip who made me the fan th
at I am today.  And it was the overall vibe of the Giants that made me love them.  And Barry Zito.  Kidding, sort of.

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Why aren’t there pictures anywhere of all four of them together?  Photo op, coming right up.

But my other allegiances may seem a little random.  Rangers, for instance?  (Who, by the way, I called to win the World Series months ago and was made fun of.  Let’s wait and see.)  It was their name, in that case.  I am a huge Lord of the Rings fan (you may have known that) and any other LOTRites will know that Aragorn is a ranger, from the North.  So the Texas Rangers always make me think of a tall, dark king of Men.  Then Bengie got traded and I started following CJ Wilson on Twitter and… the rest is history.


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My two favorite Rangers

The Brewers.  I’d like to pretend it had nothing to do with their 2007 ROY left-fielder (hint: his initials are R and B) but it kind of does.  It also because I’ve always been interested in losing teams.  It’s a mixture of interest and just feeling sorry for them and the stares that you get while rooting for the Brewers in San Francisco are pretty priceless.  That’s also why I like the Pirates, a litte bit.  In addition, they have Joe Martinez (well, their AAA affiliate has him, actually), who I am a big fan of which is another reason to root for the Steel City.

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Joe Martinez.  I miss him.

And the A’s… it was their stadium.  I may be the first person to say this about The Coliseum but I love it.  (Do I get in the Diamond Girl Record Book, if I am the first?)

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It’s quirky, it’s unique and it fits them.  That’s not an insult, Athletics.  (By the way, least subtle name ever?)  If they feel they need a new stadium, though, I hope they stay in Oakland.  They fit here.  The Las Vegas Athletics?  Not good.  I could think of a few names, though, if they do move to Las Vegas.  New blog post, coming right up?  Perhaps.

So.  Question time.  Raise your hand before you answer, please.  How did you become a fan of “your team”?  If it has to do with one left fielder, that’s okay.  You’re in good company.

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Diamond Girl

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Question for Y’all

I have a question for y’all.  (I’m in my southern belle mode, because of the Atlanta series.  Forget that.  I’d actually rather not talk about these past four games.)

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This photo is from the scoreboard at AT&T Park a few weeks ago.  Couldn’t “ML Service” and “ML Debut” mean “Major League” or “Minor League”?  Which does it actually mean, majors or minor leagues?

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