Updated June 21
Here's a random question: Why do we make such a fuss about the lack of respect accorded our teams by members of the media?
At the start of the season, Rangers fans carped about the senselessness and inhumanity of placing any digit other than a lone "1" next to their team. Next it was Indians fans who wondered when we'd ditch the skepticism and start doling out respectful virtual hugs. Through it all, Phillies fans took magnificent offense at the possibility, however remote, that their squad might "only" be the game's fourth-best.
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I'm fascinated by this. Is it really such an affront to suggest, in a medium where two or three other opinions might be floating around at any given time, that there is more than one way to view an organization, institution or set of circumstances? And how does the conveyance of that opinion somehow signify an absence of respect? Was the story accompanied by somebody coming around and spitting on your shoes?
Me, I'm big on respect in certain contexts, like when elders, military veterans or taser-equipped bouncers are involved. When discussing the Nationals' recent win streak? Not so much. So please: Don't confuse a lack of regard with a lack of respect. Thank you.