“Diehards” by Chip Scarinzi
Baseball, Athletics, fans, psychology
September 1, 2015
3 1/2 of 5 stars (good)
Sports fans are what make the business of sports successful. Their willingness to spend their time, money and emotions in order to support their favorite athletes or teams is a trait that some ask if it is worth the effort. This book by Chip Scarinzi explores that question by interspersing personal stories of his fandom with interviews and viewpoints of experts who try to address why some people invest so much into a hobby that is usually successful only half the time.
Scarinzi, a Philadelphia resident who is a fan of the Oakland Athletics, explains his love for the Athletics and what is does to his rational thinking, his relationship with his wife and also throws in stories of both agony and ecstasy. These are the best parts of the book as any sports fan can see himself or herself in these stories – one just has to substitute his or her favorite team.
The people interviewed in the book add to the stories by lending their expertise in explaining the fan’s mindset, relationship with the team as well as other people and why these fans love the games and the teams. While the knowledge shared was interesting, I found reading these portions not as easy as Scarinzi’s stories. This was because I am one of those diehards and like others, I believe in just enjoying the game and investing in the games and the team. Personally, I almost don’t want to know why – it seemed to take away a little of the joy of being one of the diehards.
Despite these feelings about these parts, I do believe these are essential parts to read if one wants to learn the psychology behind these fans. If that is the goal of the reader, then this is the perfect book for that goal. If one just wants to read entertaining and humorous stories about fellow fans, then this book will fill that bill as well.
I wish to thank Mr. Scarinzi and Rowe Publishing for providing a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Book Format Read: