Editorial: In a league of their own, women baseball fans

Few things are seen as more American than unlimited freedom, warm apple pie, and our national pastime: the great game of baseball.

It’s almost seen as a right of passage for children across the country to bring that old worn out glove with them to the ballpark in hopes of catching a foul ball or a hard hit homerun by one of their professional baseball-playing heroes.

My childhood experiences were no different. Every game I attended I could be found carrying my glove and dressed in my favorite team’s gear from head to toe. Almost every game someone would stop my family and say “What a cute little girl! I bet it’s hard to get her to sit still for the game though” or “I am so impressed with the attention your daughter pays to the game.”

I never understood what the big deal was. I was simply a fan enjoying watching a game. The older I have become, the more I have learned that it was not that I was a seen as a fan watching the game, I was seen as a female fan watching the game.

During my years in high school I would drag my friends to a St. Louis Cardinals game every year to celebrate my birthday. I was always surprised by the groans and the complaints like, “Can we do something fun instead?” for what seemed the perfect day to me. When I would finally get them to the ballpark, more time was spent talking to cute guys and shopping in the Team Store than actually watching the game.

So what does this mean for women who are actually baseball fans? Women are stereotyped as only being concerned with baseball if the guy they are interested in likes baseball, only to look at attractive players, or simply being at the ballpark to socialize.

Despite the stereotypes, women have been called some of the best fans in baseball for something as simple as their personality traits. According to an article “9 Reasons Why Women Are Better Baseball Fans,” from The Huffington Post, women are great baseball fans because we have longer attention spans, we put bad games into perspective of importance, we are loyal to our favorite teams, and probably most shocking — we actually know and understand the terminology of the game.

Not only do personality traits prove women are great baseball fans, but it’s science. An article titled “Women Appear More Optimistic Than Men,” from USA Today, reviewed a recent study that proves women are more optimistic than men, which every baseball fan knows is the key to those long scoreless games.

Baseball is America’s game and has brought thousands of people together to make countless memories. Women are a crucial part of the fan base that supports the game and we happen to look great while doing it.

Olivia Hoelting

About the Author Olivia Hoelting

From a young age I can remember sitting with my dad at our family’s kitchen table looking over various agriculture magazines and newspapers. At the time, I was too young to understand most of the stories, but my dad would spend hours reading aloud to me. When I learned to read the stories myself, my dad helped me sound out some of the difficult terms myself. Little did I know, those small moments would be the first glance into my future career that I am now working towards. I am currently a junior studying science and agricultural journalism at the University of Missouri, Columbia. I have an emphasis in agricultural marketing. I am also working towards a double minor in agricultural economics and political science.