Someone contacted me recently to do a story about Bring Your A’s Game, my quest to bring the Oakland Athletics back to Philadelphia, and it really sparked my imagination about the campaign again. Last summer was great: the A’s came back to town for interleague; we had fun at Memphis Taproom’s beer garden, and we even rallied for a Saturday night game at the ballpark. I had a great time meeting people, young and old, and talking to them about the A’s and baseball and Philadelphia.
Then things stalled a bit. What do you do next? Sure, these things are long, drawn out affairs, so how do you get people to pay attention to your story? The answer, at least for me, is to remember the passion that drove me to it in the first place. I want to connect Philadelphia’s rich baseball history to something in the present. I want to get people excited about a crosstown rivalry that hasn’t existed in nearly 60 years. It’s not easy.
What awoke in me as I talked about what motivated me to start Bring Your A’s Game was the fun of it. Mostly when I talk about it, I expected people to have the kind of reaction Gargano did when I talked to him in the summer of ’10, which is to say, comically negative. I’m often stunned when people agree that Philadelphia not only could support two ballclubs, but that it should. Maybe they don’t all like the Bring Your A’s Game page, but it’s a good feeling to not be laughed out of the court of public opinion. So I want to do more of it.
I mentioned last week on the long neglected Bring Your A’s Game blog and now I’m serious. I’d love to find new ways to connect to new audiences, especially those that aren’t baseball mad. I want to wage this conversation with folks who don’t know anything about baseball, but who like provocative, disruptive ideas. If you know of such a forum, let me know and I’ll prepare accordingly.
The only way to truly realize your passions is to engage others who don’t share them and invite them to join you. It’s invigorating and a vital way to keep the creative juices flowing. Try it. You’ll be glad you did.