I'm going through a serious discernment: I am thinking of renouncing the New York Yankees. It's not due to anything like the occult self-hate of the triumphant class, nor is it because I lack good Yankee credentials; I was born and raised in a part of southern Connecticut that is solidly Yankee, I have lived in the Bronx, and have been to the Stadium many times.
Here's what it is: my jurisdiction of the Order is New York and New England, and I have a desire to opt out of the obvious rivalry. The drive to deal with conflict by either transcending or opting out of the binary context altogether is rooted somewhere deep in my personality, and isn't unrelated to my particular vocation.
Becoming a Red Sox fan doesn't solve anything in this regard. Besides, my New England ancestors were Boston Braves fans, and so despised the Red Sox, como Dios manda. Almost nobody grasps this particular protest against Red Sox fandom when I make it. Is it such obscure reasoning?
The problem: articulating intelligible and durable criteria for whom to adopt, if I should decide to apostatize. The Braves, given the ancestral connection related above? If that why not Cleveland, where my father is from, and where he has maintained his baseball allegiance? I've never been there, however. In fact, the only place I have ever lived with any other strong baseball identity was my year of novitiate in Wisconsin.
So some questions arise, for which I invite comment. First, ought I to pursue this inclination to convert? Second, if so, to whom, and by what reasoning?