Are Cub fans special?
This is inspired by the Cubs blog known as Another Cubs Blog (always give credit where credit is due).
I think that a fairly typical result of long, boring winters is that eventually pretty much everybody turns introspective. We've sort of been debating different kinds of Cub fans here, although I think that what I wrote earlier this week was more of an acknowledgment that not everybody is the same kind of Cubs fan as me, and that's okay.
But in general, are Cub fans special? Are we unique? Are we better than the fans of other teams? Are we different?
I would say definitively that no, we aren't inherently different. The difference is that there are more of us. Consequently, we could argue that there are more intelligent Cub fans than there are, say, Rays fans. There are more passionate Cub fans. There are more idiotic Cub fans. There are more racist Cub fans. A "problem" with being perhaps the second most popular baseball franchise in the country is that the Cubs cannot choose who their fans are or what they are like.
I wouldn't even say that we are unique in the pain we feel. I think that once your team reaches a championship drought of a couple of decades or more, then you've already probably reached your saturation point in terms of misery - although maybe some Cub fans are just a little more pessimistic than the fans of any other franchise. (Or perhaps a lot more, I'll concede the possibility.)
Anyway, while we can perhaps prove that the most passionate Nationals fan is on the same level as the most passionate Cubs fan, if ever a fight broke out between the two groups of passionate fans the Cubs would surely win by sheer numbers. Also - and this is perhaps the important part - while Cub fans may not be unique, it remains true that individually no two fans think alike. I once had my balls busted because I was quoted as saying that a Cubs World Championship would at least momentarily bring me joy on the same level as the birth of my first child, but for me I think that's true. I wouldn't assume it to be true for anybody else, and since this is not the Cubbie Gestapo I'm not going to punish or judge you if you don't share my opinion - nor do you really have the right to punish or judge me.
Like I said earlier this week. It's a damn awful big world out there. There's room out there for jabrones like me, even if my very existence and use of this pulpit drives you batty.