If you're a fan of the Pirates and you follow the team on the internet (as you probably do, since you're reading this ... on the internet), I recommend checking out Tim Williams' piece on divisiveness among Pirates fans. Perhaps due to decades of losing, perhaps due to the way arguments are often framed on television, many Pirates fans are quick to divide into warring camps on any decision, no matter how close or complex the decision might be.â†µ
The Pirates can’t make a move without the issue getting divided in to two sides. There’s the side that loves the move, and the side that hates the move. It’s usually black and white, and there’s little room for shades of gray analysis. That’s not just limited to Pirates fans. That’s our society. It’s what fuels the show Pardon the Interruption. It’s what most political talk shows are all about. It’s fueled by hyperbole. If someone didn’t make the decision that you wanted, that decision becomes the worst move in the world.â†µ
As Tim points out, some of that is due to bad decisions the Pirates have made in the past, but sometimes, there's no one right answer.