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    Should I become a fan of a new team?

    I have a dilemma: I grew up a die-hard Twins fan, but have lived in DC for a few years and plan to be here long-term...and I'm thinking of switching my allegiance to the Nationals.

    I'm sure many of you have had similar experiences, so I'd like to know what it's been like for you. Did you feel like you've betrayed the "old" you? Do you feel like you can still be fans of both teams? Are you happy you made the change?

    I've been thinking about this for the past few seasons. There aren't many Twins fans out here, I rarely get to see them in person, finding televised games is costly, etc. The Nats are local, I like what ownership has done with the team the past couple seasons, and nobody could accuse me of being a bandwagon jumper since they're still new and have been terrible so far.

    What would you do? Embrace your new town's MLB team and forget the old, be a "baseball ambassador" and try to be a fan of both teams, or cling to your roots and maintain support for your old team?



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    Re: Should I become a fan of a new team?

    Root for both teams, they're in different leagues.



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    Re: Should I become a fan of a new team?

    KC Royals

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    Re: Should I become a fan of a new team?

    I think it would be hard to dump your old team totally, but I think if you are moving to a new area and will be there for a while, it is good to embrace the local team.

    This is one thing I love about rooting for ISU. It will always be my alma mater wherever I am. Pro teams can get so transient.



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    Re: Should I become a fan of a new team?

    Root for the end of baseball like me.



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    Re: Should I become a fan of a new team?

    Just be a fan of both or the sport.

    I first and foremost a Cubs fan. But living in Houston I also enjoy the Astros (well what there is to enjoy anyway - their ball park is awesome)

    Same with football. Love my Steelers but also love to pull for the Texans. Nothing wrong with supporting where you live.... unless you live in Eastern Iowa



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    Re: Should I become a fan of a new team?

    You don't have to stop being a Twins fan at all. As a previous poster said, they're in different leagues, so there really isn't any competition for your loyalty between them. The Twins are my AL team as well, but I'm still a Giants fan first. Baltimore isn't that far away from you, so you'll likely have a chance to see the Twins play there at some point.


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    Re: Should I become a fan of a new team?

    Quote Originally Posted by Buster28 View Post
    You don't have to stop being a Twins fan at all. As a previous poster said, they're in different leagues, so there really isn't any competition for your loyalty between them. The Twins are my AL team as well, but I'm still a Giants fan first. Baltimore isn't that far away from you, so you'll likely have a chance to see the Twins play there at some point.
    Going tonight, in fact. I always try to catch the Twins there; it's an absolutely gorgeous park.



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    Re: Should I become a fan of a new team?

    Ambassadorship. I kind of had the same thing happen to me with the NFL. Grew up a packers fan, then moved to Chicago and then now to Denver. Living in Chicago made me hate the bears but after moving away I kind of root for them. I also follow the broncos now but wouldn't call myself a fan though.

    Not sure if I could make the move for baseball though, I dislike national league baseball too much.



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    Re: Should I become a fan of a new team?

    Quote Originally Posted by burn587 View Post
    Ambassadorship. I kind of had the same thing happen to me with the NFL. Grew up a packers fan, then moved to Chicago and then now to Denver. Living in Chicago made me hate the bears but after moving away I kind of root for them. I also follow the broncos now but wouldn't call myself a fan though.

    Not sure if I could make the move for baseball though, I dislike national league baseball too much.
    Wow, burn, I didn't realize you moved to Denver. In a lot of ways, unless it is a team you previously hated, it is kind of a natural transition to like or be sympathetic to the local team.



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    Re: Should I become a fan of a new team?

    Quote Originally Posted by DistrictCyclone View Post
    Going tonight, in fact. I always try to catch the Twins there; it's an absolutely gorgeous park.
    Yes, it is for sure. Take a ballpark tour of Oriole Park at Camden Yards if you haven't had the opportunity to do so already. We did it when visiting the area several years back. It was fun to see the original "modern" ballpark behind the scenes (and on the field).


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    Re: Should I become a fan of a new team?

    As someone who grew up in the Baltimore/Washington area and moved to Iowa, I still root for the Orioles the hardest. Became a Cubs fan as I dated a girl who lived out near Wrigley.

    Slowly becoming a Nats fan as that organization seems to actually know how to field a team, unlike the Orioles.

    But, as mentioned, all of those teams are in different leagues / divisions, so I think I'm safe.

    But no one can take away memories of playing backyard ball and pretending to be Cal Ripken Jr. or how I won the little league Brooks Robinson award two years running for playing awesome third base.

    Don't give up on the Twins.

    As an aside, I'm beyond jealous that you're headed to Camden tonight. If you have a Student ID, take advantage of their Friday night deals: Nosebleed seats for $6 and usually a fireworks show afterwards.



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    Re: Should I become a fan of a new team?

    NEVER drop the Twins. I agree with the guys saying cheer for both. I understand that you wanna support your local team. Enjoy the game tonight. Let's get a W.



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    Re: Should I become a fan of a new team?

    Same predicament I had when I moved to Detroit. It is fairly easy for me to cheer for both the Falcons and Lions as they're in separate divisions, but I had to make a decision between the Twins and the Tigers. I still want the Twins to do well, but I've changed allegiances.

    As far as the Pistons, the only way I'll start cheering for them is if they draft Royce White. And there is no way in hell I cheer for the Red Wings.


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    Re: Should I become a fan of a new team?

    For me professional sports are strictly about entertainment. There isn't nearly the emotional attachment watching the pros as when the Clones are on.

    I'll follow the teams I enjoy. A group of money for hire athletes who just happen to have a job in my town paid by a billionaire owner may be fun to watch but I don't get a big sense of civic pride from them



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