One of my greatest childhood memories was watching the Yankees win the Subway Series. I vividly remember cutting out the subway series logo from a newspaper and gluing it to my fifth grade journal. On the contrary, one of my worst memories was watching them lose four games in a row to the Red Sox in the American League Championship Series. I cried the entire night and the next day at school.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved my Yankees and the game of baseball. Though, Yankees fans are criticized for being bandwagon fans or fair-weather fans. But, being a female fan comes with an even worse criticism. I’m the first to admit I’m not athletic by any means, but that doesn’t mean I can’t follow baseball and actually understand what’s going on. It also doesn’t mean that I’m rooting for the Yankees because they are, like, really cute. Here are some of the stereotypes female fans (of any sport) are sick of hearing:
1. We’re “butch”
I hate this word. I don’t have to dress like a man to like a sport played by men. My sexual orientation has nothing to do with it.
2. We’re trying to impress a guy
Because, of course, if I’m not butch then I’m only here to impress guys. No, I don’t show up to games or talk about baseball to show off in front of guys. In fact, I will get in a heated argument with a guy about the Yankees, which I can assure you is not my way of flirting.
3. We’re just here for the cute players
Yes, I think Derek Jeter is cute. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t. But he’s not my favorite player because he’s tall, dark, and handsome. I like him for his incredible arm, insane jump throws, and clutch performances.
4. We don’t know what we’re talking about
My knowledge of baseball is constantly challenged because I’m a woman. “Do you even know what a batting average is?” I usually reply with, “Well you’re batting 0 for 10, as in chances of hooking up with me.”
5. We just like the uniforms
I’m not rooting for a team because I like their uniform. That’s just stupid. Not all women shop at Victoria’s Secret for Pink sports paraphernalia. I go to Mo’s and buy pinstripe jerseys, thank you very much.