As we get closer to the series kickoff with the neighbors, I am reminded of a story that my friend Rob shared with me. He told me about a fan that was fed up with his team, which happened to be the Royals, and sold his allegiance to them on E-Bay. I did a little searching and found the story on SI.com.
Chad Carroll auctioned off 25 years of loyalty to the Royals on eBay on Tuesday, along with jerseys, hats, baseballs and other memorabilia.
And in a spate of irony, faithfulness to a club with one of the smallest payrolls in Major League Baseball sold for a paltry $278.47.
“It really does feel like a big weight has been lifted,” Carroll, 34, who lives in Maryland but grew up listening to Kansas City games from his home in Iowa, told The Kansas City Star. “I really can’t tell you how good it feels. I really can’t.”
A group of nine friends bid for Carroll’s freedom, splitting the cost and earning the right to select his new favorite team.
Imagine being so fed up with losing that you completely give up on your team and choose another one. Really, it’s unheard of and I’m not exactly sure why. What about sports teams draws us in so deep that we can’t ever free ourselves from pain and begin again?
Last year the White Sox did the unthinkable and won the World Series. Throughout the end run to the title, tons of Cub fans quickly changed allegiance temporarily to cheer on the hometown team. Some scoffed and said that they were sellouts or fair weather fans. However, when you spend your entire life as a fan and only experience storms, when does it become OK to long for some sunshine?
This is a question that Cub fans are beginning to seriously consider. Sure, we’re not going to go out and sell our things on E-Bay, but Cub fans have to see how good things look on the Southside these days. They have to see the green grass on the other side of the U.S. Cellular fence. When the Sox won the World Series, what did they do but go out and make their club stronger by adding Thome and Javier Vasquez. Instead of becoming complacent for the next hundred years, Kenny Williams worked the phone and has tried to repeat as champions, something that hasn’t happened since the Yankee’s three peat in the late 90′s. Ozzie Guillen has been asked on numerous occasions what it would take for the City to become a Sox city. He has always replied that it would take at least two championships. Well, that could be a very real possibility as the Sox are currently playing .650 baseball and the Cubs are not even close to .500.
So as you’re watching the games this weekend on TV or in person, think about what it would take for you to switch over to a new team. Here are some questions for you to answer in the comment section.
1) What needs to happen with the Cubs to provoke you to switch completely over to a new team?
2) What team would you consider? Why?
3) Would you ever consider cheering for a team like the Yankees since they know how to win?
Hopefully the 2 out of 3 we took from the Nationals is the start of something good to come this year. I doubt it, but you never know what to expect from anyone, including crazy ex Royals fans.