October 15th is the eighth anniversary of Steve Bartman's attempt to catch the foul ball at Wrigley Field. It was one of the most famous foul-ball attempts in baseball history. Leftfielder Moises Alou blamed Bartman, a mere fan, for getting in the way. The Cubs went on to lose the game and series.
Cubs fans turned on Bartman with venom and anger. Even threatened his life.
Although Chicago fans were especially bitter because of their team's sustained lack of success, the Bartman episode could have happened anywhere.
I hear from people every week for whom nothing is more important than spectator sports. Their team or teams are the best things they have going. Nothing, I mean nothing, means more to them than living vicariously through their athletes.
The older you get, the more perspective you should have. The more perspective you have, the less important games played by others become.
You know this, right?