When it comes to sports fans, there is that rare breed that takes it one step further. These are the die-hard fans that support their team through thick and thin, but also take the initiative to bring in other fans. Jeff Schorr is one of those fans. He is a long-time fan of the Seattle Mariners who hopes that postseason success in the near future. What he did was introduce a way for fans of the team to stand as one in support of the franchise. Thus was born the “10th Man.”
10th Man Facebook Page
Schorr created the “10th Man” as a way for fans to become part of something bigger. It is also a way for the fans to give themselves an identity similar to the way that Seattle Seahawks fans have taken to the “12th Man” in recent years. Speaking about his hopes for the “10th Man,” Schorr states that, “I am hoping that the 10th Man can support the M’s like the 12th man does with the Hawks. (Seattle has) the best fans in the world. We have already proven that with the Hawks. It is just getting those fans involved in baseball that is proving to be the challenge.”
Recent on-field struggles by the team have led to a downturn in attendance, which underscores the challenge that Schorr is speaking about. A fan since 1989 when he was just 10 years old, Schorr also feels that if the fans increase their support of the team that it could be returned in kind. He states that, “We the fans play a huge part in the success of any team we are behind. We show them the appreciation they deserve and in return we have winning teams.”
In the effort to bring in more fans, he created a Facebook Page (linked here) where news on the team is shared. This includes game recaps, breaking news about the team, and discussions about how the team and its players are doing. This also presents a forum where fans can discuss the team even during the offseason. In just over three months of being active, the page has already received 1,488 Facebook Likes.
Jeff has high hopes about where the Mariners could go during the 2014 MLB season, but feels very strongly that the fans need to be there to support the team. “The M’s have a good team if the fans can support them,” Schorr stated. “They could make the playoffs this year as long as the support is there.” As the team tries to make its way up the American League West standings, it is very clear that this fan will be there to cheer them on with every game.
Jeff Schorr is looking for a long-time fan that would be interested in writing about the team for his page. He can be contacted through his personal page (linked here) or through the 10th Man page. It could be a good experience for anyone that has a lot to say about how the team is performing or what the future might hold.