The dictionary officially defines an underdog as:
underdog |ˈəndərˌdÃ´g; -ˌdäg|
a competitor thought to have little chance of winning a fight or contest
a person who has little status in society.
(Both seem very fitting)
There are two places I like my team to be. 1. I love it when they are dominate and they start the season with no doubt about going to the playoffs. Then they get there and you hold your breath the whole way to see if they can make that season the truly special kind. 2. I love to be the underdog with tons of potential. Each game starts and its a chance to hear the frustration of the opposing teams announcers at how they lost to a team like this.
I realized last night as I was watching this team that I had so much frustration and anger for this team and I didn't like it. I don't like making only smart A comments throughout the game. All that emotion came from expecting the first kind of season and not being willing to accept that it was the second kind of season. It is my deep love for this team that breeds my deep contempt. But I don't want to live the rest of this season in frustration and anger. Baseball is too much fun for that. I am switching my mindset. I am rooting for the underdog. When you root for the underdog, you don't expect them to win. But when you root for the underdog every victory is a sweet taste in your mouth that can hold you over until the next great upset.
Charles Colton said, "The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storm." I know that at the end of this season we will know the true nature of everyone on this team and there is no greater knowledge needed to begin again.