The Slow Curve: Remote Fandom

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I realize that I don’t live as far away from NatsTown as some of my Nats fan friends do. But the 80 miles between me and the game most days really bothers me. It’s a long-distance relationship made easier by technology: The TV and radio, and At-Bat app, keep me connected with the game. So I’m a remote fan in two senses of the word: Can’t make it to the game much, and utterly dependent on the clicker.

It really sucks knowing that any trip to Nats Park is going to be three hours one way, making any day of baseball a very, very long day—and as such, not something I can do often. But I’ve been fortunate to become an avid follower of baseball in this day and age. It’s not just the broadcast technology that makes games accessible to me; it’s the social platforms like Twitter and Facebook that have made games enjoyable for me. Being the only Nats fan in my household, it’s been nice finding people to “hang out with” during the game.

And now, I have a new meta-pastime to enjoy while watching the game: Spotting friends of mine that I’ve met through social media in the stands or on the concourses when MASN cuts to crowd shots. Like today, during Jayson Werth’s introduction, MASN cut to a reaction shot from my Twitter pal Kristy, cheering so hard she wound up coughing for the camera.

Do you get excited about Tweetups? Or do you prefer Facebook groups? What are your favorite things about the virtual Nats community?

Follow Helen on Twitter as @effyeahjdub for baseball stuff and @thatdarnhelcat for the rest of the stuff.

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