I've been on this site's message boards for awhile now, and it never ceases to amaze me how ignorant some people are about their chosen teams. Now, I don't mean any offense here, and there are some extremely knowledgeable fans on this site, some of which I've learned a thing or 2 from. You see, I'm not claiming to know everything about the Yankees, my chosen team, and I'll be the first to admit when I've made a statistical/factual mistake. Where my opinion is concerned though, well, I'm pretty stubborn. I just think some people could learn something about being a real fan. I'm not saying the ignorant people aren't fans, just not fan enough.
Some ignorant behavior is proposing trades which make absolutely no sense. Then, there are the posts where the info is just completely wrong. A fan should know the players on their team, and if they don't, look them up. I realize everyone has other things to do in their lives, but if you want to be taken seriously as a fan, take your fandom seriously. It's also frustrating when some fans completely ignore the facts, and you can't have an intelligent conversation with them.
Ok, I've vented enough. Here's my opinion of a real fan. A real fan roots for their team and its' players through thick and thin. He or she understands how the game is played and its' little nuances. He or she knows the players' strengths and weaknesses, so will understand why certain decisions might've been made. He or she will not get into arguments with other fans of their team, but have an intelligent conversation instead because you might actually learn something. A real fan is open to learning about their team. He or she will show class and not rag on other teams, especially their rivals. As a fan, you're representing your team in a way and should act accordingly. The cat fights on this site are ridiculous sometimes. Yeah, I call them cat fights because you're fighting on a computer screen where there are no repercussions for your nastiness.
So, what constitutes a real fan to you? Please post your comments. You can also feel free to use this blog item to vent comments about behavior you find irritating.