Jaime Moreno drums with fans
This is Jaime Moreno. He's got the most goals in the history of Major League Soccer, has helped D.C. United win bunches of trophies, and is one of the most popular players in franchise history. He was kept out of Saturday night's game, and so he climbed into the stands. And then, as you might notice, he started playing drums with the Barra Brava. At some point during his time in the stands, a beer definitely went flying into the air. (See full video, below.)
Now, I don't necessarily want to suggest that the close interaction between United players and fans is unprecedented in this market. When you go to enough of these pro games, you realize that every franchise has weird little fan quirks.
The Wizards have the diehard fan who shoots photos of players from his seats, and they reward him with shoes and jerseys and the like. There's a circle of Nats fans who are very close to players and their wives. I know some Redskins tailgaters who regularly feed the parents of players, and others who hang out with players after games.
But this is real participatory fandom from Moreno, of a sort that's hard to imagine in any other local sport. To jump into the stands, grab a stick and start singing along while preparing yourself for flying beer -- or to show up for post-game twilight tailgates, as Moreno has also done -- requires a certain intimacy in the fan-player relationship, and it's hard not to love that.
And the fans respond in-kind, as seen in this bit of tifo they unveiled for the injured Bryan Namoff, who has missed the entire season to date with a concussion. (Photo by Ben Mahler.) That all requires a level of commitment and choreography from the fans that's rarely even attempted in any other local venue.
"Thank you @barra_brava," Namoff responded, via Twitter. "You guys made my day."
The team has been awful this year, and RFK knows I haven't been around at all, preferring to transcribe Redskins radio interviews. But this stuff is a reminder of what's right about D.C. United.
(And since this is all basically stolen from Kyle Sheldon's blog, let me steal one more Sheldon find: someone put their house on the market, and included glamor photos in the real-estate listing of a living room plastered in Vamos United banners. Beautiful.)
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