Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Bleacher Report: Astros fans kind of suck

The Bleacher Report has this slideshow where they rank the best fans in MLB. The Astros ranked 21st, or, 10th-worst.

Astros fans swing like a pendulum. When the Astros are hot, the fans are there. When the Astros slip, the fans can't get out of the Big Juice Box quick enough. They've got a very unique ballpark and a recent history of winning, but fans just don't seem committed enough.

I'll open this up to comments. Because those would be fun to read.

The five best?
Cardinals, Giants, Yankees, Phillies, and Cubs.


OremLK said...

Any list where the Cubs, Yankees, and Phillies fans are in the top five can be safely discounted, I think. Those would probably be my personal top three worst groups of fans.

Joe said...

LMAO at all the "top dog" northeastern cities having the best fans. A perfect example of how this couldn't be more wrong is TRACY MCGRADY. He's the biggest cry baby and excuse maker this city has ever had, yet hes not ever been thrown under the bus. Maybe our fans called him out for not getting out of the first round, but we never posted "KNEE MAC" on the front of our paper the first time he complained. If they are seriously going to measure a fans worth by how much they spend at the ball park, then thats more of a joke to me. If we had the resources in our city like they did, I would be at every game too. Win or lose. I'm definitely loyal and some JACK ASS (excuse my french) isn't going to tell me otherwise. I get the Cardinal fans. They are Diehard, but the Cubs? I remember playing hookie from school in the late 90s, watching day games on WGN and wondering why they would play days games if there were no fans at the game. Seriously biased "reporting".

Peanut said...

I can't say I disagree with the rank, especially if it's based on commitment to the team. The fans simply don't show up unless the Astros are winning. Aside from a small hardcore base (which includes all of us here, of course), the Astros don't have much loyal support. In contrast, you'll find few empty seats at Wrigley even when the Cubs are in their annual freefall.

Where many of the top teams listed there fail is in the class of their fans. I don't think anyone needs a reminder of how bad Cubfan, Phillyfan, or Yankeefan sucks in that regard. This is not to say that Astros fans are particularly classy. In my experience, they aren't. They pay respect to their beloved players, and they don't seem to give a damn about anyone else. They boo opposing teams and their own players unnecessarily. They don't even pay attention half the time they're at the ballpark.

I don't mean to sound harsh. I know that every team has those fans, and I'll take them over a committed base of true assholes any day (Philly, I'm looking at you). I wish the Astros had a larger loyal base, but they've got to win to attract new fans. Here's hoping that happens sooner rather than later. In Heck we trust.

The Constable. said...

+1 to OremLK, and +2 to Peanut. "Best Fans" and "Classiest Fans" are not the same thing.

Ryan Sides said...

What exactly does "Best Fans" even mean? Attendance? Buys the most merchandise? Talks about their team more often? I'm not sure there's any way to come up with a list like this that isn't bias unless you go straight attendance, and even that's rough because some cities have a few more people than others.

I have to agree with Peanut here though, in that Houston sports fans in general are more fair-weather fans than most. Just look at the Oilers. Even the Texans games are mostly empty. Until we can pack the house no matter what our team does (i.e. Chicago), I'm not sure we have any room to talk.

And as the old saying goes, "winning cures all". Unfortunately, I think our attendance numbers and fan base might really just a tad much on that. (Which is probably why Drayton has mandated to keep the team competitive. He may be smarter than we give him credit for...)