Alomar At MLG: A Fictional Tale

thumbsdownIt's April 1993 and the Leafs are at Maple Leaf Gardens hosting the Detroit Red Wings in the Norris Division Semifinals. It's the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the entire city is on the Maple Leafs bandwagon.

Roberto Alomar, the best player on the 1992 World Series champion Blue Jays, is in attendance as the puck drops. The 16,000+ in attendance know the perennial all-star is there and the Hockey Night in Canada cameras find him and focus on him. Roberto Alomar is wearing a Detroit Red Wings cap and clearly rooting against the home town Leafs.

The above scenario never happened. If it had, this entire city would have freaked out. Alomar's face would be plastered on the front page of the Sun and we'd all be talking about how damn wrong it was for Robbie to wear a Red Wings cap to a Leafs home playoff game. Heck, we'd be burning his jersey in effigy and begging Gillick to ship his ass out of town. At the next Jays game, Roberto Alomar would be booed heavily, despite having led us to a World Series championship only months earlier.

If you haven't heard, LeBron James proudly wore a Yankees cap at the Indians game last night. In Jacob's Field, the star of the Cavs made it known he wants the home town ball team to lose. LeBron is either the world's biggest ass, brain dead or suicidal.

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When you love a sports team, you should love them to death. If I was his publicist, I'd advise him to lose the cap. But you have to respect a guy who loves his team that much. Wouldn't you wear a Leafs cap if you were the star of the Detroit Tigers and you were watching Game 7 in 1993?

October 5, 2007 @ 1:09 PM

Toronto Mike

Ok, let's say a scout catches my slo-pitch skills and I end up playing for the Tigers.

I'm great, Detroit loves me, I'm king of the city. Then, the Leafs meet the Red Wings in the Stanley Cup finals. Of course, I get tickets and I'm in Joe Louis arena to watch my team face the home team in the city I play pro ball.

Do I wear my Leafs jersey? Of course not, I want the Leafs to win but I respect the home fans. Respect is about having the courage to cheer and root without wearing the enemy jersey in the Red Wings' arena. It's class-less.

LeBron can hope the Yanks win, but take off the damn cap!

October 5, 2007 @ 1:14 PM

Mike (Buffalo Boy)

Hes all of the above. Hes a snot nosed athlete who got rich way too early and has no respect for the city he plays in.

October 5, 2007 @ 3:59 PM

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