The worst thing you can call a sports fan is a Bandwagoner.
According to Urban Dictionary, a “Bandwagon Fan” is:
Whenever a region’s sports team suddenly gets really good really quickly, everyone and their f***ing dog either buys a sports jersey or takes their old one out of the closet where it’s been for 20 years, proclaiming they are a diehard fan. Bandwagon fans usually flock to their team’s games in large numbers and usually constitute 80% of that team’s fanbase. See Florida Gators.
I’m going to defend them.
It’s hard rooting for bad teams, much less teams that may move cities. See my last post. There’s a little bandwagon in all of us. I think 80% of any fan base is a good estimate for bandwagoners. We like to see winning teams.
The Royals have not been a winning team. You know that stats. Living in KC last summer, I enjoyed going to a few Royals games. They were turning things around, but nobody expected what has played out this postseason. Even into this season, The K was pretty empty. I’m not blaming anyone. It’s tough. Half of the Ed Jones Dome at the 49ers game wore red. Nobody deserves the agony that has played out with the Royals over the last three decades. It sucks. It’s difficult.
The bandwagon fans are a huge part of what’s making this team so special. And I’m with them. Royals are my #2 team. Yes I bought my first piece of Royals merchandise. No I didn’t watch any regular season game. Yes I would have loved to see the Cardinals make it.
Bandwagon fans are part of what make Cinderella sports runs so incredible. Rams are the anti-bandwagon now because we’ve been so bad. Half of all the jerseys at the Dome today were from the Greatest Show era. And the other half were Seahawks jerseys. Speaking of bandwagon. Ughhhhh. At least the Rams got this one.
Will the Royals sell out regular season games next season? Probably not. It doesn’t matter. They have the entire country buzzing, playing the most exciting ball I’ve ever seen. An underpaid overachieving group of role players just dominated the Angels and the Orioles. Thanks to the damn bandwagoners, Royals tickets are going for a rent payment on StubHub. This is what makes sports great.
Call me a bandwagoner, but I’m rooting for my #2 ball club, a Missouri team, and a bunch of guys that are having a blast. I couldn’t be happier right now. Well unless it was an I-70 Series, but I’ll take what I can get. Live it up, KC. You’ve earned it.