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Parody is a Double-Edged Sword

I’m a big baseball fan.  I enjoy looking at stats, both individual and team, even right at the beginning of the season.  So being that the season is a week in, I decided I wanted to look at the standings to see where the teams that were deemed as good and bad were standing.  I noticed one thing, nobody really had a terrible record as of yet.  Usually you can look and see a team and noticed they are 1-5 or 1-6 and have scored an average of two runs a game.  You would say to yourself “Wow, there is no hope for that team this year.” But this year almost has a different feel. Well, except for the Minnesota Twins.  As I started to think about it I realized there is no team I could think of that will be outright dominant.  Some teams do have their dominant attributes.  For instance, I don’t think it can be argued that the Washington Nationals don’t have one of the top rotations in baseball.  The problem there is, they have a sub-par to average lineup.  So I came to the realization that there might be more parody in Major League Baseball than ever before.  But is this a good thing?

I understand there are some good things about it.  Every team theoretically has a chance to make the postseason and have a run at a championship. Its gets more fan bases involved.  The sport as a whole is more competitive.  There could be a chance for a Cinderella team to make a deep run in the playoffs.  But in my opinion, parody is not a great thing to happen to a sport year in and year out.  Some of the most memorable moments in sports come when there is a so called ‘villain’ of the league.  That one super team that everyone loves to watch lose.  Those are the best.  Some of the highest rated championships were the ones with a villain.  Take the NBA for example.  When LeBron James went from the Cavalier to the Heat everyone outside of Miami rooted against them.  I don’t care what franchise you were a fan of.  If you weren’t a Heat supporter you were supporter of whatever team was against the Heat.  There was always a huge audience to watch the Reggie Miller and Indiana Pacers back in the mid 1990’s.  He was a guy people loved to watch lose.  He was very outspoken and he didn’t care.  Even fellow NBA player didn’t care for him.  But he always had people watching and creating interest.

Baseball is the same way, when the Yankees were perennial World Series contenders, there was more interest.  Even the off season was more interesting. The Yankees were just throwing loads of money at the top free-agents that were on the market that year.  Every season it was “Here we go again”.

Parody may have fans across all sports thinking they have decent championship aspirations, but a dynasty and a bad guy is what creates the buzz. In the end there are always just a handful of teams that really have the best chance to go all the way.  So when your team is knocked out of the postseason tournament, you need a reason to keep watching.

Eric Greenberg

Eric Greenberg

Eric Greenberg is originally from Tampa, FL. He graduated from the University of Central Florida with a double major in Finance and Economics. Eric spends his time making tons of money on fantasy football.

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