"I was happy for my new friend, but what I had discovered about him was that he was a baseball fan first and a Cubs fan -- and a dedicated one -- well after that." -- Roger Angell, "Fortuity," in Season Ticket
The above quote occurs in a passage in which legendary baseball scribe Roger Angell describes attending a Cubs home game with a local fan named Tim Shanahan. This was in 1986, before lights came to Wrigley. In that particular day game the Cubs beat the Giants 11-6. This made Shanahan happy, as it would any fan.
But Shanahan also admires the moxie of Giants manager Roger Craig, who at one point calls for a pick-off play against the Cubs Ryne Sandberg. Shanahan claps for the successful and bold move even though it hurts his team.
This is because Shanahan loves the old ballgame, with its infinite permutations and leisurely pace, more than he cares for any particular team.
While reading about Shanahan, I thought, "That's me!" This year I am saddened by the fact that the A's have the worst record in the American League, and excited that we are headed to the Coliseum during our upcoming Bay Area trip. I get excited when the A's together a string of victories, ever hopeful that the comeback will come.They won 2 straight before the All Star break, which must mean something.
So yes, I'm an A's an. But I'll be watching the World Series whoever is in it. The game is larger than any of its teams.