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  • #16
    [QUOTE=Chadwick;n3461496]Let me repeat. All the Cubs fans I know personally are great fans/good peeps. I've even met some delightful Cubs fans sharing a bus after a game or whatnot. They were wonderful hosts on the few occasions I've had to catch a game at Wrigley Field.


    Traveling to Cubs road games, I too have noticed a larger (albeit still fairly small) contingent of Cubs fans that are rude and obnoxious, which both embarrasses and angers longtime Cubs fans such as myself. Most of these jerks are fairly young and obviously band wagon fans. Unfortunately, it will only get worse if the Cubs continue to be successful in the near future. You only have to look to how the Red Sox fanbase has changed after winning 3 World Series this century. Trust me, there is no one more upset about these fake Cubs fans than those of us that suffered through decades of losing.

    If this topic is going to cause problems, what about a poll/thread on the "best" MLB fanbase instead? I would nominate the Royals.

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    • #17
      I will say this: during my trip to Busch this summer, I interacted with a lot of Cardinals fans and they were very classy. I was very impressed with their appreciation for the team. They were 39-41 at the time, well below expectations, and the fans still had nothing but good things to say about the team. I can't imagine that's how it'd be at Yankee Stadium.
      Rest in Peace Jose Fernandez (1992-2016)

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      • #18
        Here's an old joke which I should have shared yesterday to lighten the mood/vibe of my post:

        An family friend and golf acquaintance of my father from the local country club, an old geezer who might have had ill will toward the Yankees, asked a question about Yankee fans. "Have drunk Yankee fans ever thrown alkaline batteries at Al Kaline?" He was good at a drunk impressions, and proceeded with "Hey Kaline, here's a 'hicc' a battery with 'hicc' yer name on it".
        Catfish Hunter, RIP. Mark Fidrych, RIP. Skip Caray, RIP. Tony Gwynn, #19, RIP

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        Experience is the hardest teacher. She gives the test first and the lesson later. -- Dan Quisenberry.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Francoeurstein View Post
          I will say this: during my trip to Busch this summer, I interacted with a lot of Cardinals fans and they were very classy. I was very impressed with their appreciation for the team. They were 39-41 at the time, well below expectations, and the fans still had nothing but good things to say about the team. I can't imagine that's how it'd be at Yankee Stadium.
          As a Cubs fan, I've always had a great deal of respect for the Cardinals and their fans. It's a cliche, but true that they are very knowledgeable and a class act overall. While many Cubs fans won't admit it publicly, we envy their longtime success and model organization. For the first time since the 1930s, both teams are good at the same time, waking up our formerly dormant rivalry. Can't wait until the start of the 2018 season!

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Francoeurstein View Post
            My Braves probably won't get mentioned on this thread at all, which I hate. Atlanta is just not a professional sports town. I went to my first Falcons game at the brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium a few weeks ago and it was a huge rivalry game vs. the Panthers. We were fighting for a playoff spot, and the fans behind me kept yelling at me and my friend because we were standing up... I mean, seriously! Could you imagine saying that to someone at Wrigley? They'd throw that fan onto the field.

            Atlanta, for whatever reason, lacks a true professional sports identity. Braves games are more like social events, and diehard fans such as myself are few and far between. I work in a fairly social environment in metro-Atlanta and the Braves are rarely brought up/discussed. College football is truly king down here. Most people can tell you who played right guard for the 1998 UGA squad, but couldn't name a player on the Braves besides Freddie Freeman. I wish I was joking. I wish I could've experienced the 90's as an adult...
            When the NHL had their entire season wiped out about 15 years ago, I wondered if Atlanta even realized it!

            Now I’m wondering if they even realize the Thrashers haven’t been in the NHL for quite a while now!
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            • #21
              Not personal experience but from other sources I've heard Phillies fans can be bad, especially if you are sporting the gear of the visiting team. Can anyone confirm or deny?
              "Last season, I led this team in ninth-inning doubles in the month of August!" -Jack Eliot

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              • #22
                At the ballpark in Cleveland the worst experience has usually been with fans who were Cleveland area locals that rooted obnoxiously/obscenely/drunkly for either the Yankees or the Red Sox over the years. These folks are bandwagon jumpers that know little about the history of the team apart from recent success (Sox) or only can repeat "twenty-seven Series wins" in the case of the Yankees fans. They are both adorned with brand spanking new team gear, are drunk, young and just insufferable. The Cubs fans during the 2016 Series were for the most part decent...just drunk. We were surrounded by them during Game 7 and they were a joy to watch such a tremendous game with, but to the city's embarrassment there were just waaay too many of them. Probably 40% of the ballpark that night.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by SteveJRogers View Post

                  When the NHL had their entire season wiped out about 15 years ago, I wondered if Atlanta even realized it!

                  Now I’m wondering if they even realize the Thrashers haven’t been in the NHL for quite a while now!
                  It's a minor league hockey area: from what I understand the Atlanta Gladiators have a decent following.
                  46 wins to match last year's total

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                  • #24
                    Okay, behavior at the ball park... well, Braves fans are extremely casual and laid back. They only get really angry (think the 2012 Outfield Fly Rule game) if someone REALLY screws up. So, no, they don't have the worst fans.
                    46 wins to match last year's total

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Eyeshade View Post
                      At the ballpark in Cleveland the worst experience has usually been with fans who were Cleveland area locals that rooted obnoxiously/obscenely/drunkly for either the Yankees or the Red Sox over the years. These folks are bandwagon jumpers that know little about the history of the team apart from recent success (Sox) or only can repeat "twenty-seven Series wins" in the case of the Yankees fans. They are both adorned with brand spanking new team gear, are drunk, young and just insufferable. The Cubs fans during the 2016 Series were for the most part decent...just drunk. We were surrounded by them during Game 7 and they were a joy to watch such a tremendous game with, but to the city's embarrassment there were just waaay too many of them. Probably 40% of the ballpark that night.
                      My brother was at games 2 and 7 and just raved about how nice Indians fans were. Of course, I already knew this as I had lived in Cleveland for 3 years earlier in my career. It is a great sports town and very nice place to live. Unfortunately, most people in the rest of the country have only heard the stupid, erroneous jokes about Cleveland that guys like Rich Little popularized back in the 1960s and 1970s. It was bittersweet playing the Indians as their fans also deserve a long overdue World Series victory. Hopefully, it will happen for them very soon.
                      Last edited by 3rdGenCub; 01-26-2018, 11:42 AM.

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by TheFonz View Post
                        Not personal experience but from other sources I've heard Phillies fans can be bad, especially if you are sporting the gear of the visiting team. Can anyone confirm or deny?
                        Depends who's the visiting team. If you're a Rockies fan wearing your Rockie gear, you'll get heckled a bit, but that's all. If you come in with Mets gear and start mouthing off, then that's on you. This isn't different than any park in the NE that I've been to. I've actually befreinded a few Rays fans one year while at CBP. They were there just to have fun and root their team on. They started nothing and were quite friendly. We met up again after the game and had a few beers together before they had to head out. Good people and nobody as far as I could tell - messed with them.

                        In all honesty, most of the issues that happen at CBP aren't caused by the city fans. Most are caused by those in the suburbs who come out and get some kind of beer muscles. One of those morons decided last week prior to the football game that it would be a good idea to take on a mounted cop and punch his horse a few times. Things didn't work out so well for him.

                        What I think some need to understand is, many fans in the NE are on the more aggressive side. It's not a chosen thing, it's basically how everything goes here. From work requiring everything yesterday, to major traffic issues, to dealing with frigid cold in the winter and massive humidity in the summer, to just more or less everything being now now now.

                        It's much different in the midwest, south and west coast But, it doesn't give any fan the rite to embarrass, injure or even get into another's own private sense of space.

                        Also, if you feel endangered in any way, most stadiums offer a 911-type number that you can text and security is often there within 30 seconds. It can help any altercation from escalating. Don't be afraid to use it if you feel you're in harm's way.
                        "Chuckie doesn't take on 2-0. Chuckie's hackin'." - Chuck Carr two days prior to being released by the Milwaukee Brewers

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                        • #27
                          I went to Coors Field in a Giants hat and shirt and they were all very nice.
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                          • #28
                            All I can say is that I'd rather walk through the worst part of the Bronx at 2am fanning a stack of hundreds while wondering where my pistol could have got to than attend another Yankee game in Bosox gear.
                            At least for a game where Josh Beckett is going to give up 9 runs in less than two innings and spark a feeding frenzy in the YS crowd.
                            "If I drink whiskey, I'll never get worms!" - Hack Wilson

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                            • #29
                              I think the Steve Bartman incident has given Cubs fans a very bad reputation. I am sure there are good Cubs fans but there was some ugliness there that night.

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