Yesterday I had my punk-card pulled on me by fellow blogger Corey and rightfully so, as he had this to say about my post- "Don't let your bipolar, PMS-like mood swings cloud your vision from the truth that this team and organization, while not perfect, are far from pitiful and far from the worst in the league. There are 13 teams with worse records this year and a win tonight would put them 4th in the NL Wild Card chase with 2/3 of the season to play. This giving up and "throwing in the towel" garbage is bullsh*t." I agree Corey, I ride the highs and lows with extreme emotion, because that's the type of Phan I am, Bi-Polar. Now I pose the questions to all the WSBGM's, what type of Phan are you?
This Phan is angry as hell when something goes wrong (swept by Diamondbacks) and happy as a pig in its own poop when something goes right (swept the Braves). Loves the highs (Howard's MVP) and hates the lows (Gavin Floyd), and is overjoyed at the peaks (2 games above .500) and depressed in the valleys (below .500). Lives and dies with every pitch and swing. Synonyms- reactionary, over-the-top, fanatical, manic, obsessed. Symptoms- frequent head and stomach aches, hoarse throat from yelling, poor sleeping habits, and a family ready for an intervention.
This Phan watches the Phillies for what they are, entertainment. Likes it when they win, but doesn't get overly concerned when they lose, going with the phrase "ya wins some, ya lose some". Synonyms- realistic, rational, down-to-earth, sensible. Symptoms- easy-going enjoyable life not dictated by the outcome of a sporting event.
This Phan is always looking on the bright side of things (we have a solid nucleus of players), seems to find the "silver lining" in everything (Yoel Hernandez dropped his ERA). Doesn't get down when the team is playing poorly, instead stays upbeat and points to the future as a positive (we can still get the Wild Card). Synonyms- a romantic, idealist, buoyant, cheerful, sanguine. Symptoms- smiles, healthy, friendly, and delusional.
This Phan is simply pissed off. So what if Rollins hit 9 homeruns, he's our leadoff man. Moyer is too old. Hamels will get hurt. Charles Fuqua Manuel makes Paris Hilton look like a genius. This Phan is mad no matter what, that is unless the Phils actually manage to get to the postseason. Synonyms- irritated, fuming, heated, livid, un-freakin-happy. Symptoms- high blood pressure, ulcers, lack of friends, bloody knuckles and broken remotes.