|Monday, May 19, 2014, 5:48 AM- -|
Jack LeggettJack Leggett
Baseball Head Coach
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What Dabo missed then and what Leggett missed on this weekend is that there is a segment of every fan base that is not just made up of sunshine pumpers.
I believe coaches shouldn't concern themselves with fans but I also know that almost every coach at every level does care what the fans think. It is human nature to want to be accepted.
Fans are important. There is a reason why post game celebrations at the super bowl, the national title game, the Final Four, etc. are now done on the field or court where the fans can enjoy them. In the old days trophies were presented in the locker room, now they take place in front of the fans.
In baseball, whenever Clemson has clinched College World Series berths, the team runs out to the Cheap Seats and the Cajun Cafe. Those fans matter when you win and they matter when you lose.
After every sporting event, the team stays on the field of play to sing the alma mater with the fans. All of the fans – not just the ones that blindly support the team.
I am not taking up for the group of fans that continually bash a team, player or coach no matter what. Those negative people just love misery. The ones I am speaking of are the good fans that sometimes get upset when things don't go as planned.
Clemson has had a good fan base in baseball for many years. The reason Clemson has drawn well in the past is not because only the positive fans show up.
Coaches understand this. Jack Leggett understands this. I think his point was that he can't get caught up in the negative aspects of his program and if that is the point then I agree with him. That is what he said in the second sentence of that statement. He said, "Those are the only ones I'm ever concerned about."
But the first sentence is where I disagree with Leggett when he says, "The only fans we have are the ones that believe in our program and believe in our team."
I think there are a lot of good Clemson baseball fans that want to believe in the program but their level of expectations have not been met. I personally believe it is OK for the fans to expect more based upon where the program once was. I think it is OK to be disappointed. Some good fans want to "believe in the program and believe in our team" but find it hard after the last few seasons.
Clemson baseball has a good fan base. It had fans before Jack Leggett and will have them after Jack Leggett. The program is bigger than any coach, any player and any fan. Jack Leggett is part of the reason Clemson has so many baseball fans and he is part of the reason why expectations are so high. But with that, Leggett has to understand that not every fan currently believes in this team and that’s okay too. I know a bunch of good Clemson baseball fans that don't fit Leggett's definition. Every one of them I know also wants this team to win the ACC tournament, win the regional, win the super regional and win the college world series. I would say that is a pretty good fan too. It all depends on your definition.
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