Stereotypes are a part of society that we’re never going to get rid of. Some of them are more deserved than others, but the vast majority of them are based on ignorance. Of course, stereotypes aren’t just limited to race, ethnicity, or a person’s culture. A lot of times a person will make a judgment on what type of person somebody is based solely on which sports team that person roots for.
I know in Chicago that these stereotypes are very strong. When you tell somebody your a Cubs fan, they tend to assume you’re a yuppie who doesn’t actually care about baseball, and that you just want to get drunk and be part of a scene. If you tell them you’re a White Sox fan, they’ll assume you’re a hooligan because a few years ago a couple of morons decided to attack a first base coach.
In Los Angeles, the only stereotype you would tend to hear about Dodgers fans is that they always showed up late to games, and didn’t really care. It’s not exactly a damaging opinion, but things are starting to change in Chavez Ravine, as Dodger fans are beginning to develop a whole new reputation.
From the LOS ANGELES TIMES:
Many say it’s largely undeserved, and there is no disputing that security at the stadium has been up and arrests down. But even as they celebrate this season’s trip to the National League Championship Series — an unexpected run that could end with tonight’s Game 5 at the stadium — the Dodgers faithful remain blue over a perceived rise in booze-fueled hooliganism, a problem that team spokesman Charles Steinberg conceded “is not solved.”
“It is a high priority,” Steinberg said Tuesday. “It breaks your heart when the smallest of numbers seem to ruin it for some people.”
He added Dodgers owners Frank and Jamie McCourt are “focused” on ridding the stands of trouble-makers.
“It’s a family ownership and they want a family environment,” Steinberg said. “You don’t throw your hands in the air, and say, ‘Oh well?’ “
In truth, the Dodgers have increased security at the park in recent years, which has been very effective in cutting down arrests at games, but it hasn’t stopped the problem completely. There are still fights, and not coincidentally, most of them take place in the outfield where seats are cheaper and the beer flows freely.
Apparently things are so bad, that some of the cops who work the games said “I wouldn’t have my family here.”
That seems to be a bit of an overreaction to a couple of drunks getting into a fight, but hey, at least the cops are still letting people wear Dodgers gear. The same cannot be said for Big Wangs North Hollywood, a sports bar in, you guessed it, North Hollywood.
They won’t even let people come into the bar wearing a Dodgers hat, let alone a jersey or a jacket. Their reasoning is that a guy wearing a Dodgers hat started a fight in the bar last weekend, and now anybody who wears a Dodgers hat or other Dodgers apparel is a criminal.
Feel free to show up to the bar in a Phillies jersey tonight if you want, though. I’m sure that wouldn’t start a fight or anything.
It’s all pretty idiotic when you think about it. Both the behavior of some fans, and the reactions of the Dodgers and sports bars in the area. It doesn’t matter what sporting event you go to, or what you allow people to wear in your bar, when you mix a bunch of people and alcohol together, fights are going to happen.
An entire fan base should not be held responsible for the idiocy of some of it’s members.