Meet the Supporters: Alex Hirschman

Headline Photo Courtesy of Aaron Cranford

Headline Photo Courtesy of Aaron Cranford

This is part of our weekly series where we meet some of the people who will be joining the Assembly Line this year. Keep an eye out every Wednesday for a new segment! Please reach out to Westen on Twitter if you are interested in taking part in this.

Westen Shelton: When did you start watching soccer, and what teams do you support?

Alex Hirschman: When I was younger I played after school soccer for a couple years so I’ve had a interest in the sport since a young age, but it wasn’t until 2017 when my best friend, Eric Gibbs, was telling me about the supporter section he had been getting involved with while he lived in Minnesota that I truly started to get into the soccer world.  Because of those stories and then seeing it in person in August 2017,  I will forever be a Loons fans. And well, obviously, I support Lansing Ignite.

WS: What is your favorite live soccer moment ever?

AH: My favorite live soccer moment is actually 2 moments that relate to each other in their own special way.

August 2017, Eric asked if  I wanted to go to a MNUFC match in Chicago. A week later my wife Rosemary and I drove down to Chicago, where I lost my voice for the first time cheering MNUFC to their first away win against Chicago Fire FC.

Fast forward a few months to March 2018, Eric asked if I wanted to see MNUFC play Chicago Fire again, this time in Minnesota. Long story short we all got on a plane to Minnesota. My wife and I got the full experience this time. We talked smack with other team on twitter, we marched with True North Elite and Dark Clouds to the stadium, we chanted outside the stadium, we waved flags and cheered for the boys in black and blue, and I lost my voice for the second time. At that point I realized I’m probably going to be losing my voice at every match.

WS: This somehow doesn’t surprise me tons. From our interactions so far, you aren’t super loud, and honestly you seem like an extremely relaxed/calm person. Does it ever feel out of character or kind of weird to transform into a yelling and singing hooligan for 90 minutes? (Also, definitely work on that, we need you FOR ALL 90 ALEX)

AH: I actually hear that a lot. It’s true, I typically don’t go to far out of my comfort zone. When I went to my first MLS match I didn’t think I’d being screaming chants and singing along with the rest of the section, but when it started something came over me and I came out of that comfort zone. Even if it is only 90 minutes, it’s kind of therapeutic. I’m sure Miller Lite has something to do with it also.

WS: What are you most looking forward to about the Ignite season coming up?

AH: The supporters and their atmosphere. The thing that made me want to be apart of it all in the first place. Watching a match on tv and being able to hear the supporters section over the announcers. Meeting all the new people, whether they support my team or not. Soccer brings people together in a weird way and I think that’s great.

WS: What are your main hobbies outside of soccer?

AH: I enjoy a lot of the simple things; spending time with my wife Rosemary and our dog (Jeep)..sometimes the cat (Liberty), yeah we named our pets after a brand of vehicles, It’s A Jeep Thing. Hanging out with our friends and family, camping, trail riding, playing video games. Oh and drinking beer, pretty sure I do that enough to say it’s a hobby…

WS: Tell me something you love about the Lansing area.

AH: Lansing has a very unique community built around it. You get that small town feeling in areas like Old Town, but just a mile away you’ll find yourself in downtown Lansing with all the giant State Buildings, the Capital Loop, and even Cooley Law School Stadium. I grew up in a small town about 20 minutes west of Lansing so I think it’s great that you can still get that small town feeling but at the same time just a few minutes away from several shopping malls, restaurants, and so much more as I’m still finding new places in the Lansing area to visit.

WS: Would you say you prefer the city life over the small town life?

AH: I do enjoy living in the city, being so close to all the things Lansing has to offer, but I prefer living small town.

WS: What would you tell anyone who is interested in joining the Assembly Line?

AH: Really just do it. You don’t need to know someone in the group to become apart of it. We didn’t all know each other when we started this group, but we all have a common interest and that’s why we created the Assembly Line. Passion for the sport and support for the club.

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