The Slow Curve: Remote Fandom

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I realize that I don’t live as far away from NatsTown as some of my Nats fan
friends do. But the 80 miles between me and the game most days really bothers
me. It’s a long-distance relationship made easier by technology: The TV and
radio, and At-Bat app, keep me connected with the game. So I’m a remote fan in
two senses of the word: Can’t make it to the game much, and utterly dependent
on the clicker.

It really sucks knowing that any trip to Nats Park is going to be three
hours one way, making any day of baseball a very, very long day—and as such,
not something I can do often. But I’ve been fortunate to become an avid
follower of baseball in this day and age. It’s not just the broadcast
technology that makes games accessible to me; it’s the social platforms like
Twitter and Facebook that have made games enjoyable for me. Being the only Nats
fan in my household, it’s been nice finding people to “hang out with” during
the game.

And now, I have a new meta-pastime to enjoy while watching the game:
Spotting friends of mine that I’ve met through social media in the stands or on
the concourses when MASN cuts to crowd shots. Like today, during Jayson Werth’s
introduction, MASN cut to a reaction shot from my Twitter pal Kristy, cheering
so hard she wound up coughing for the camera.

Do you get excited about Tweetups? Or do you prefer Facebook groups? What
are your favorite things about the virtual Nats community?

Follow Helen on Twitter as @effyeahjdub for
baseball stuff and @thatdarnhelcat for the rest of the stuff.

2 comments

  1. I only made it to two games in ’12, May 20th (Stras dinger for the win over Orioles) and Game 3 (I won’t even describe it), my issue is no as much distance (I live near Ft. Belvoir), but schedule – I have 3 kids and getting everyone to the ballpark is a tremendous task and going without them and the wife is….not a smart life move. We might move to Fredericksburg next year…which would basically make me a remote fan for life. So far removed from being a season ticket holder in ’05-’07 (when I lived on capital hill)

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  2. It’s definitely tough not being able to go to many games, being stuck in Blacksburg and then not having much money to go to games I only go to a handful a year. Twitter has definitely made the experience a lot better, I have someone else to discuss games with besides my dad.

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