The Annoying Guy in our Section
In light of recent events--a losing record, a frustrated team and an even more frustrated fan base--I can't help but wonder: What is good baseball behavior?
Where I come from--Philly by way of New Jersey -- it is acceptable to curse, kick and scream at your team and fellow fans. While it isn't my style -- OK, maybe I curse at the umpire who makes a bad call -- I wonder what others thought about good and bad baseball behavior.
During a recent home stand, I suffered through what I call the 305 whistle. A fellow season ticket holder in section 305 whistles a loud, two-index-fingers-in-the-mouth whistle each time a Nat steps up to bat. With at least three at bats an inning, times nine innings, one's eardrum begins to suffer. I suffer in silence and only occasionally complain to my husband (who also finds the loud, piercing whistle annoying). But no one else seems to say anything to the regular whistler and occasional offender (he has, in the past, gotten kicked out of the park for making racially and culturally insensitive comments about members of the opposing team).
When I returned to the park for the series against Cincinnati, 305 W was not in attendance. I was immediately relieved, but I was more surprised that our fellow seatmates were just as relieved. The regulars in 305 started to talk about how much we hate the whistling and the annoying comments, and we shared our observations about his behavior shifts when he brings a family member to the game rather than a friend.
I left the game that night wondering why we hadn't banded together before to ask him to stop whistling... none of us care for it very much and we don't see how it adds value to the game, but we don't want to ruin a fan's experience even though I suspect the whistler has ruined the experiences of others.
What are your thoughts on baseball behavior? What is too much and when are we being too hard on our fellow fans?
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