It’s a frustrating time to be a Miami Marlins fan. We’re not going to the playoffs and if it wasn’t for the Washington Nationals in our division, would’ve been a last place team. We have a so far largely inept GM *cough* Kim Ng *cough*, a manager who needs to go and a lineup that badly needs fixing. It’s not a surprise that many of us are frustrated and fed up with the franchise, but here’s how you can feel better….
Being a Miami Marlins fan can feel a lot better.
Imagine being a fan of a team that has never made the playoffs, never won a pennant or a World Series, and that has been around for almost 20 years. Imagine your city having not one but TWO more successful teams. Sounds terrible right? Worse than being a Miami Marlins fan? Well, that team then went on to become the most successful in baseball history. The answer to this mystery is of course the New York Yankees from 1903-1920.
How about a different sport? Imagine being a fan of a team that also never wins anything, maybe a title every 20 years, and is around for a CENTURY. Oh and your city also has not just one of the most successful teams in your sport’s history, but one of the most popular in the world in any sport. Your team gets new owners, becomes richer than your rival team and becomes annual contenders, while your rivals become an afterthought. The answers here are Manchester City and Manchester United. This fan has always inspired me by the way. A positive South Korean man who never stopped supporting the Kansas City Royals.
You never know when the Miami Marlins can get a Steve Cohen like owner, or when Bruce Sherman spends more money. He already spent over $130 million just last off-season. That’s also a reminder not to waste your time with toxic narratives that can be easily disproven with basic research. You can also realize that this year’s team isn’t even that bad as constructed in reality.
The main things to remember is that if you’re a Miami Marlins fan, you likely live here. This is your city and this is your team, and sticking through the hard times is the right thing to do. Don’t be a band wagoner, those “fans” aren’t respected. Finally, it’s just a game. Yes it’s a careee for many, but chances are you’re not a player, management, coach or even working for The Fish in any capacity, so don’t take things too seriously. It’ll be less stressful and more fulfilling.