Baseball Been Berry Berry Unimportant To Me

(NOTE: Based on time elapsed since the posting of this entry, the BS-o-meter calculates this is 15.678% likely to be something that Ferrett now regrets.)

My daughter has been trying to pick a fight with me for years.  She would find it very satisfying if I were to fight back.  She will not succeed.
What she wants to fight with me about is my love of the Yankees.  She is a die-hard sports fan, the kind who flails and yells at the television and sulks for a day if her team takes a bad beat.  Whereas some days, I think I moved to Cleveland for the features of a major metropolitan city without ever having to worry about enduring a sports craze.  We Clevelanders lose.  It’s what we do.  We’re resigned to it.
But Erin is a Boston Fan.  I think it’s Red socks she likes.  I’m not entirely sure, but it’s some sort of sporting apparel. And she would love to have a Yankees fan in the house to pummel when her team is ascendant. For her, such a debate would be energizing. The Yankees are evil incarnate to her, a kind of cloned Hitler with bats, and were I to be a Yankees fan she would be happy to beat me unashamedly, wholeheartedly, in the manner of a small child demolishing a pinata.
For me, though, I’m a Yankees fan in the sense that they were the team nearest to me geographically, and they won a lot when I was growing up, and I had been instructed via musical impetus to root root root for the home team.  They’re my team only because I’ve never cared enough to choose another.
But Erin would love to have an enemy about the house.
The thing is, there are a lot of Erins on the Internet.  She means no harm; like a ferret, she just wants to tussle and not feel bad about it.  But I just got asked a question about polyamorous marriage in my Ask Me Anything post – something I’m sure some folks have a great deal of energy to debate, but I don’t.   I don’t really have an opinion.  For them it would be invigorating, laying into me, thundering, “But you’re polyamorous – how can you not care?” and “Don’t you understand how many relationships depend on this?” and “The moral issues!  Think of the moral issues!”
There’s a lot of times on the Internet where I just don’t have the energy to engage.  There are things I will fight for.  Then there are the Yankees, and when Erin tells me how evil and overpaid and corporate they are, I will just shrug and go, “They sure have nice hats.”

All Comments Will Be Moderated. Comments From Fake Or Throwaway Accounts Will Never Be approved.