Fans Going Out of Control

A couple of weeks ago I saw a tv show about Steve Bartman, a man who caught a baseball and was claimed to have ruined the Cubs chances of winning. The Cubs outfielder Moises Alou was about to catch a foul ball that would have marked the second out of the inning, meaning that the Cubs were only four outs away from winning the National League pennant, when Steve Bartman deflected the ball away from the outfielders hands. Bart had to be escorted from the stadium by cops because of the angry fans.

Bartman was a lifelong fan of the Cubs and would never intend to hurt them. He now remains invisible to the public. Because of the intensity of Cubs fans and how cruel they were to him, Bartman is now scarred for the rest of his life. His seat in the Wrigley stadium is now a tourist attraction. It may all seem like a big joke to people but his life is now ruined.

There have been multiple other incidents where sports fans have gone out of control and affected someones life. In 1993, Monica Seles  was stabbed by a fan during a tennis match in Germany.In 1994 during the FIFA World Cup, Columbian soccer player Andres Escobar accidentally scored on his own goal in a game against the United States. Escobar was confronted outside a bar  by a gunman who shot the player six times, killing him. And in July 2000 at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, 13 people were trampled to death in a riot.

Fans need to calm down. It’s ridiculous how extreme their actions are. Killing should never be an answer but in the result of a bad game? Seriously people take a chill pill. Yes the sport is amazing but the only ones who deserve to be upset over a game are the players. They are the ones that put in the hard work, let them deal with it in a safe and professional manner.

Another example:

http://themetropolitan.metrostate.edu/January2005/012005010.html

 

One Response to “Fans Going Out of Control”

  1. gabymn says:

    Psychologically, a fan’s commitment and devotion to a team can drive even the sanest to do the unthinkable. It’s the idea of being a part of a greater division compared to driving to your work cubicle every morning or cooking your family’s dinner that allows a sense of possession. A fan can be seen as if the mama bear protecting their cub. You mess with what they see as theirs and they get over-defensive, sensitive, and most cases, offended. In a way it’s part of the sport, but there’s an invisible line between what’s acceptable and what’s just crossing the line. I agree with your statement about how fans need to realize that what they’re doing is unethical and to a degree, very scary. It’s unpredictable at times. It’s reasons like these that prevent me from attending any professional league games. There’s only so much a dozen of cops can do when there are thousands of fans readying themselves to make a move.