If you move somewhere, obviously you're going to keep the same allegiance to certain teams that you used to like. For instance, you move from Boston to LA. You're always going to be a diehard Celtics/Red Sox/Patriots/Bruins fan. I get that. But 1) you don't need to fucking inundate everyone with your fandom; 2) you don't have to start hating the hometown teams because they aren't "your" team; and 3) if you shack up with someone and have kids, don't force your fandom down their neck. Let them root for whoever they want, usually the hometown team.
Now that I've prefaced my rant with that, I want to tell you what it's like living in Florida. The most popular baseball team in the state of Florida is the New York Yankees (Huff Post
). The most popular team in Florida is actually hundreds of miles outside of Florida. We have two teams of our own with the Rays & Marlins, yet in our own state, neither team has the following of a juggernaut baseball team in New York. Why is this? TONS of relocated New Yorkers from many generations. My best friend is a Yankees fan. Why? His grandpa is from Connecticut and that's kinda close to New York, and his grandparents root for the Yankees. There are TONS of third-generation Yankee fans along with second, fourth, fifth, etc.
If my hometown teams I grew up watching (Rays, Lightning, Buccaneers) were doing well, I would have no problems at all. Go off onto your bandwagon land, let the true fans be true fans. But we aren't. The Rays are contenders year in and year out, and we can't sellout a game to save our lives. The Bucs were blacked out 5/7 games this season, and local residents who didn't have the money to go to the game couldn't see it on TV. The Lightning has had ticket selling problems, but nothing as bad as the Rays/Bucs situation. The Rays and Buccaneers are very oft mentioned surrounding relocation ideas. All because these shitheads who refuse to support the local team, but instead opt to sit on their ass and root for the best team on TV.
I definitely come from a biased viewpoint. I've lived in Florida my whole life and haven't had to move somewhere and keep rooting for the teams that are hundreds of miles away. But I'm also moving to Chicago this fall to intern. You know what I plan on doing? I'm going to go to buy a Cubs hat, go to Wrigley, and root for the Cubs. I'll always be a Rays fan at heart (as long as their in Tampa), but that doesn't mean I have to sit at home with my arms crossed and say "Cubs suck!" I'm gonna have a good time, and although my hometown teams take first billing in my heart; I'm still going to support the teams that play where I live.
Which brings up another thing! (Man I'm rolling now.) I went to a Rays/Red Sox game in Tampa last year. More Boston fans than Tampa fans. Not like a 51/49 spread but like 70/30. You'd think it was a Red Sox game. And it's not a pretty scene. Fights in the parking lot, at least two guaranteed screaming matches in whatever section you sit in, and a TON of vitriol exchanged between the two sides. Its the same for Yankee games. It was the same when the Cowboys came to Tampa last season. Really?? One thing I DEFINITELY won't do in Chicago is show up to a Cubs game and start shit with locals because I think my team is best. 1) I would have ZERO support and 2) I'm not a Mass-hole. I mean asshole.
I'm really concerned about my hometown teams. They aren't doing well right now, and can't seem to build up the following they need to. I don't know how they can find that following unless people realize the consequences of showing your local sports team zero support. There are 350,000 residents in metro Tampa; 250,000 residents in metro St. Pete; and almost 3 million in the Tampa Bay area. Yet we're year in and year out at the bottom of attendance rankings in EVERY sport and can't even average more than 20,000 in baseball. Now, there are some geographical issues with the Rays stadium, but the Bucs play in the middle of metro Tampa, traffic isn't too bad, and they can't sell out a game either.
So wherever you are, whichever affiliations you have to certain teams, just support the teams in your area. I really would hate to see us lose a team like Atlanta or Seattle has recently (sorry, Kpro).