Before I was banned from the forums at nyyfans.com, in a moment of frustration, I started a thread there with the following comment:
Does anyone know where I can get a pair of Yankee Blinders?
You know, the device that fits on your head, only allowing you to see good things (albeit real or wishful thinking) about the Yankees – while “blinding” (blocking out) anything from the hard factual world?
Can they be bought? Or, can you only make them yourself (with Mommy’s permission, of course) out of cardboard using safety scissors and pipe cleaners?
Last question – - when wearing them, is the rest of your IQ affected, or just your baseball perception.
Thanks – inquiring minds want to know.
When I made that post, it was driven from my experience at that forum. It seemed, at least to me, that you were only allowed to say “positive” things about the Yankees and their players – even if the player was a dud or if the Yankees made a terrible move, etc. And, if you stated something that was not all “hugs and kisses” then you were going to have you “Yankee-fan-dom” questioned to the N-th degree.
So, as is my nature, I decided to have some fun with (what I thought was) a good-natured poke in the ribs. (But, the thread was quickly closed,)
In any event, this does lead to a question. Do most “Yankees fans” feel that it is a major no-no to dare say something “negative” about the team or a particular player? And, as a “Yankees fan,” when you see this happen, does it lead to you thinking that the person who said it is not a “true fan”?
I don’t have the answer. I can only share my opinion.
Personally, if what the person is saying can be considered as being somewhat objective, I actually prefer that to the “Yankees Rulz!” mentality. And, I would not question the person’s “Yankee-fan-dom.”
In fact, I would go the opposite way – I would say that this person cares enough about the team to look past the pinstripes an in effort to try and find the truth of a situation.
This personal appreciation of candor is probably what drives many of the thoughts shared in this blog. And, I can’t ever see myself changing my gears at this point.
The more things change, the more they do stay the same.