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The Enthusiast Dilemma

Our passion for the Rangers is pretty fairly exemplified by our time spent on Lone Star Ball. We fawn over trade rumors with the same fervor that a child feels the night before his first trip to Walt Disney World. We criticize a bunt attempt by our elephant riding king Elvis as an assault upon the very decency of the sport. We openly deride our rivals' failures and chastise our own roster's inability to execute effectively, efficiently, and consistently. By all standards, we are no better than an overbearing parent - unsatisfied with the successes, and livid with failures. Some call it passion... love; others call it obsession (well, except Jean-Jacques Taylor). I'm sure that the truth lies somewhere in the perception of the reader moreso than as an irrefutable fact.

And that's our problem. We are certainly in the minority. Spending a significant portion of our daily conscious time scouring Twitter feeds, debating lineup order, or vilifying anyone who doesn't grasp the insignificance of ERA/AVG is abnormal - quite abnormal. Not that abnormal is bad, but it is certainly difficult for those fans of the team with casual interest to relate to us.

Is it our obligation, our moral duty, to either educate or cast aside the masses in an attempt to educate them on the error of their ways? Or is it a fruitless effort... a 1000-comment debate on the merits of chili with or without beans? How do we stop the instant classification as "stat geeks" and instead offer rational arguments to the masses?

I think that discourse is warranted. We've all had the arguments with friends and loved ones who maintain fairly simplistic, but inversely entrenched, views on the team that fall outside of reality. Go read any typical fan comment on Facebook, ESPN, DMN, etc. I firmly believe that we can't be so arrogant as to assume that only those on this site, and ones like BBTIA, are the complete population of intelligent baseball fans. There are plenty more out there, with the same passion/obsession we have, that just don't have the knowledge or reasoning that we've gained here.

So I suppose that's the dilemma to me... how do you introduce a passionate fan to a more enlightened way of appreciating the game, without complete alienation by statistical arrogance?

Input appreciated.

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