Our Pastime and the greatest game.

Yesterday was Opening Day in the MLB. I don't know about you all, but here at Progressive Solutions, we are some pretty big baseball fans. Since we are located in San Jose, we have a lot of fans of both Bay Area teams, the Giants and the A's. I have been a huge Giants fan for as long as I can remember and I naturally have been very lucky seeing three recent World Series titles. When a team wins, you start to hear a lot about people who latch onto the team or "bandwagoners." You begin to hear this term being used in a very negative manner, and I really do not understand that. Being a sports fan is a lot of fun, and being a fan of a team that is winning is even more fun. I hear people talking down to people for "bandwagoning" on championship teams, but I think we need to examine why it happens. I grew up rooting for the Giants because my dad was a big Giants fan. I was very lucky to get to go to games and I got to see firsthand how much fun these events were. I was very lucky, but I'm sure there are a lot of people out there who never had the chance to go see a ball game with their dad. Before we decide that "bandwagon" fans are a bad thing, we should put into perspective that they may not have had the chance to enjoy baseball (or any other sport) at a young age, so they may not have known how much fun it is until they got to witness it. When the Giants won the 2010 World Series, San Francisco went absolutely nuts. If you were living in San Francisco but not a Giants fan at the time, that World Series still had some sort of impact on you. Seeing how much fun the fans were having probably seemed like something they would also enjoy so they became Giants fans. I do not have a problem with that at all despite being a "real" fan. I think everyone should get to experience the joy the Giants bring to me and my family, and they should not be chastised for wanting that experience. I am likely considered to be a "bandwagon" Warriors fan, and I openly admit that I did not used to watch them at all because I did not really like basketball. I have friends who have been Warriors fans their whole life, and watching the games with them the past few years has been a really good time so now I find myself watching them even when I'm not with those friends. I think chastising "bandwagon" fans is wrong and that there is nothing wrong with people wanting to enjoy something that has brought myself and millions of others a lot of joy. Brought to you by a "real" fan.

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