Boo'd by My Fellow Fans

@teamfreak16 (37049)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
April 21, 2016 9:32pm CST
In 1993, after decades of trying to land a Major League Baseball team, Denver was awarded an expansion team, which became the Colorado Rockies. My friend and I set a goal that we would try to see every visiting team at least once that first season. At that time, the Rockies played in the old Mile High stadium, where we could sit in the south stands (right field) for just four dollars. One night, the St. Louis Cardinals were in town (we got to see Ozzie Smith!) We sat in the south stands and drank a copious amount of beer. For some reason, the Cardinals brought their mascot, Fred Bird. Eventually, Fred Bird wandered into the south stands, where he was roundly boo'd. I also was roundly boo'd. I was jeered by my fellow Rockies fans because, when Fred Bird walked by (remember, I'd been drinking,) I gave him a high five. It was all good-natured, but they gave it to me good for the rest of the game. I can't say I didn't deserve it. Lesson learned: don't high five the opposition's mascot. No matter how many beers you've had.
"Willie, Mickey, and the Duke" by Terry Cashman.
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@crossbones27 (15593)
• Redlands, California
22 Apr 16
If I were that night I would have cheered you,but I am a Cardinal fan and think Fred Bird is cool. I would have high five'd him also.
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@teamfreak16 (37049)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
22 Apr 16
I still have no idea why they brought him, but I bet it was at the Rockies request.
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• Redlands, California
22 Apr 16
@teamfreak16 Probably, being a new club and all. They wanted the fans to have the full experience.
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@teamfreak16 (37049)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
22 Apr 16
@crossbones27 - True. Their mascot Dinger didn't hatch (he's a purple dinosaur, they "found" his egg while building Coors Field) for a few years.
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@JohnRoberts (42417)
• Los Angeles, California
22 Apr 16
If you are attending a game in San Francisco when the Giants are playing the Dodgers, you better not wear any Dodger apparel or cheer them. And vice versa at Dodger Stadium unless you are in a large group. It's not good natured.
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@teamfreak16 (37049)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
22 Apr 16
Didn't a Giants fan die in LA a few years back? Or the other way around? Oddly, I've worn a Raiders coat to a few Broncos games and had no trouble. And these guys like to fight. They routinely hall fans of both teams away in handcuffs.
@JohnRoberts (42417)
• Los Angeles, California
22 Apr 16
@teamfreak16 Yes, a Giants fan was killed at Dodger Stadium. Just don't wear Bronco gear to a Raiders game in Oakland.
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@teamfreak16 (37049)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
22 Apr 16
@JohnRoberts - Oh, no way. Even if I liked the Broncos, I wouldn't. My luck, I'd end up in the black hole. I take that back, about no problem 's. I just remembered that an old guy wanted to fight me on the exit ramp after a game. And it wasn't even a Raiders game. They played Cleveland that night.
@Ronrybs (6954)
• London, England
25 Apr 16
Sounds as partisan as football over here!
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@teamfreak16 (37049)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
25 Apr 16
Sometimes people take sports way too seriously, getting into fistfight's and sometimes worse.
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@Ronrybs (6954)
• London, England
25 Apr 16
@teamfreak16 Sounds like a supply of bevvies are available, just like football
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