Pink Hats and Posers*

If the Patriots won on Sunday night, then I guarantee you that thousands of people (who had suddenly become Pats fans) would take the streets of Boston in riotous bliss. (It still happened at Amherst anyway).
Around the rest of the country this is known as being a “bandwagon” fan, but here in Boston we have an even more caustic and derogatory term for this phenomenon.Bandwagon fans here are referred to as “Pink Hats”.

The Pink Hat’s first appeared at Fenway Park in 2005 (as far as I know), the year after the Red Sox won their first World Series in 86 years.

A “pink hat” is the easiest way to spot a Poser…someone who is not a TRUE FAN. A “True Fan” is someone who has been through all the ups and downs, all the losing seasons, who has been to a million games…someone who has invested blood, sweat, and tears in to the team.

It’s funny though, the difference between a True fan, and a “pink hat”, isn’t that much. At the end of the day, neither one of them are REALLY on the team! They both pay for tickets, they both buy stuff from the team store, they both watch from the stands, and neither of them have had to catch a Tom Brady pass or try to hit a baseball over the Green Monster.

The Pink Hat isn’t the problem. The problem is the true fan thinks the pink hat hasn’t earned it…they are a poser, a hypocrite…

It is incredibly easy to slip into the trap of hypocrisy…which is why Jesus gives his disciples such a strong warning in Luke 12.

Our inner life and our outer life are NEVER in complete sync.We are never as true to our convictions as we’d like, we’re not always as honest as we want everyone else to be, and we sometimes pretend to be one way to hide the fact that inside we don’t actually feel it or believe it or live up to our own ideals.

In one way or another every human being is a hypocrite. As much as we want to believe that we are the true fans, we still wear pink hats…


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