In their quest to stave off elimination, the Cave Dwellers™ become the players in a competition far less interesting than baseball (less interesting, even, than Stump the Schwab). The problem with this—beyond the fact that it’s a competition one step removed from the actual competition—is that fandom should not be a prescriptive act. There is no right or wrong way to appreciate baseball, just as there is no right or wrong way to appreciate a painting. To fetishize a certain type of fandom is to do so at the expense of every other type of fandom.
Pitchers and Poets contributor Eric Nusbaum at the Classical re: the MLB Fan Cave and sports fandom in general but also, by proxy, about a lot of other things. Read the whole article and apply as needed to whatever indie, geek, and/or mass-culture conglomeration of entertainment-based self-identification tics you might be thinking about lately.