So here's the thing. I've my baseball fandom is seasonal. And of course there is a reason for that. As a core Orioles fans, I haven't experienced a reason to care about baseball outside of "love for the game" in many many years. But like most local homers, I get excited when the team nearby does something extraordinary... and what the Rays have done is EXACTLY that!
The Rays have once again befuddled the major leagues and made it to a World Series with a lower budget than most WalMart Supercenters. (that's fakenews btw) But you get my point. Over and over again the Rays have made themselves a force in baseball by being a great team. They tell us how they do it, although I'm not sure how they do it. But either way they keep doing it over and over again.
I don't use this word often, but the Rays DESERVE my fandom!!
Year after year they are a contender in against some tough competition in the American League. Year after year they do it will very little money and even fewer fans. The Rays probably didn't even notice the empty seats this season because regardless of how well their doing their home stands stay pretty empty. But year after year, the persevere and show us that there is a science to building a great baseball team.
They have done MORE than enough to earn my fanhood. They have proven themselves over and over. And while, I may be late to the party and you might call me bandwagon and you might not count my screams in the bottom of the 6th inning, I'm here to proclaim myself a fan of the Rays!!
I hope you will too! They deserve us!