I'm Not A Cleat Chaser

Urban Dictionary says, "Cleat Chaser is primarily used to describe baseball groupies at any level of professional baseball, cleat chasers are women who sleep with ball players simply because the guys are rich and famous."

I have been going to baseball games since I could walk and I don't plan on stopping until I can't walk anymore. It's my favorite sport to watch. It's my favorite sport to talk about. If you know anything about me at all, it's that I'm a lover of baseball.

There is a complete difference in girls who are cleat chasers and girls who actually know their stuff about baseball. Girls who understand baseball and who truly love it are rare. As a female who loves baseball, I feel like I have to prove myself to others. I feel like I have to prove that I'm not a cleat chaser, but an actual baseball fan.

Yes, I know what a 6-4-3 is and yes, I know how it equals two. I also know all the other numbers for every position on a baseball field. That surprises a lot of people. Why? Because I'm a girl. I find it funny the face a guy makes when I give my two cents about a sports topic. The faces guys make are priceless. The faces are made are normally followed by "you like baseball?" or "How do you know about that?".

After the initial surprise, most people, especially guys, quiz you with trivia that doesn’t really matter, but to them it means everything! I used to take it personally, but now I don't when guys don’t believe that I actually know and like sports, because in all honesty to them it is rare to find a girl who knows what she’s talking about. But, it's really annoying when people belittle your opinion on sports because you are a girl. It’s really not that big of a deal that a woman can tell you facts and recap last night’s game for you, but it still seems to amaze most of them. I love proving people wrong, especially guys who feel like girls are just cleat chasers.

People also assume that since I'm a girl who loves baseball that I have a guy on the team that I'm watching. When people ask and I say "I don't have a guy or boyfriend on the team," I always get this look of disbelief. I go to baseball games because I enjoy them, not to impress or find a guy.

Don't get me wrong, there are some girls out there who are cleat chasers. You can tell who those girls are. They are the ones who come to the games dressed like they just walked off the runway. They are the ones who call runs "points." They are the ones who stay on their phone and take selfies all during the games. They are the ones who don't know what RBI and ERA stand for. They are the ones who don't know what a clean-up hitter is. They are the girls who don't know the difference between a K and a backward K. They are the ones who don't know there is a National League and an America League. They don't know that pitchers only bat in the National League. They don't know that there are Rookie, Short-Season A, A, Advanced-A, AA, and AAA teams and then the players (hopefully) get to the major league team. They are the girls who think that every guy who gets drafted signs for millions of dollars. These girls are the cleat chasers.

So if you are looking for me, you can probably find me at the ball field singing "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" during the seventh-inning stretch or watching the MLB At Bat app on my phone.

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