It's taken several years for me to admit that Episodes I, II, and III are terrible, terrible movies. Everybody bagged on these films while I dug in and fought the good fight. Surely people were being to harsh. After a while I had to take a deep look inside and admit to myself that yes, Episodes I, II, and II are just bad movies.
I'm getting to the same point with how the national media treats Diamondback fans. Obviously everyone here is a fan and we do everything to support our team. Whenever I see Jeff Passan from Yahoo Sports rags Diamondback fans or someone from the Denver Post complain about our attendance (don't get me started on the Rockies) I calmly try to correct them. We're not the worst fans in MLB. The economy is tough. The team has been bad for a few years. Baseball isn't the major player it once was. But this series with San Francisco has made it more evident. How can people not be on board already? Maybe we do have bad fans.
The one card I have left is the age of the organization. My kids LOVE going to the games. We make it to a few games each year (not as many as we'd like) and they will have grown up with the team. The proof is with the Suns. It's no coincidence that the franchise with the greatest success is the one with the most seniority. We're a state full of transplants and people have a hard time giving up their Cubbies, Yankees, and Mets. Given another decade or two, we'll probably see more community buy-in.
But is that it? Is that the only reason we have this reputation? Why is it that we're tied for first as of tonight and still draw in the low 20k? I'll enjoy this team no matter what. I'm sold whether it's Russ Ortiz or Ian Kennedy. But why can't we fill our stadium?
Just looking for thoughts from a group that will look at it rationally. National blogs just get petty and vicious.