Game On Cubs Fans

From the moment that the Arizona Diamondbacks clinched a play-off berth all the talk outside of Arizona was how quickly the Diamondbacks would be eliminated. There was no way a team as young as this one could possibly do well in the post season. Arizona had no business being in the play-offs. They had no experience and their run differential statistics showed that this team was overachieving. It was only a matter of time before these young kids would wake up and realize that they weren’t that good. When the Colorado Rockies became the Wild Card team the Diamondbacks were christened the least likely team to be in the play-offs. That statement resonated throughout the airwaves on radio stations, television, and the printed media. It didn’t seem to matter that this team had the best record in the National League that had to be just a fluke. But not only were the Diamondbacks players being disrespected, so were their fans.

Coming into the series with the Chicago Cubs all we heard was how the Cubs fans would outnumber the Diamondbacks fans by a substantial margin. Not only would the Diamondbacks fans be outnumbered, they would be out heard. All season long we’ve heard how Arizona fans were non-existent. They did not support their team. They didn’t show up to watch the games and when they did the fans sat in the stands like zombies waiting for a full moon. I’ll admit, to a certain extent that was true never more so than the Interleague series against the Boston Red Sox. For the first two games Chase Field looked and sounded like a high-class impression of Fenway Park. But somewhere after the fight in the outfield bleachers of the Saturday night game against Boston; Diamondbacks fans found their passion. The Sunday game saw the Diamondbacks fans still in a minority but only from a number of fans point of view. Those in the stands were loud and proud and made themselves heard drowning out the Red Sox nation. In the process the Arizona Diamondbacks responded and won that game. That was the start of something. Fans started coming out a little more and making themselves heard.

Now with the Cubs in town it was the same old story. Fans would forget about the local team and cheer for those loveable Cubbies. Funny thing was no one told the fans that. For game 1 the Diamondbacks fans showed who Chase Field is beginning to be a tough place to play for opposing teams. Diamondbacks fans rode the Cubbies from the moment that the starting line-ups were announced. They stood and cheered for the home team and even out-yelled the Cubs fans during the National Anthem. The gauntlet has been thrown. Diamondbacks fans are taking up the challenge and coming to support their team. While tonight’s game lacked a few people to classify as a sell-out the crowd was still larger than they were for the 2001 World Series run. Those fans that were in attendance made themselves heard and challenged the Cubs fans to try and top that. Neither the Cubs nor their fans were up to the challenge and both left the stadium dejected after another tough loss that puts Arizona one game away from clinching. We’ll see what happens in Chicago. I can tell you this, if this series comes back to Arizona for game 5 it is going to be loud and raucous in the stands just the way it should be.

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