I still have mixed feelings about baseball. The 1994 strike turned me off for years until 2004 and the Red Sox. The steroid scandals were and are an embarrassment. The prima donna aspect of many of the players is nettling (did Robin Yount or Paul Molitor [can you tell where I’m from?] ever point to heaven or make a grand gesture just because they hit a double?). Yet, it is still the best team game.
There is no clock in baseball (though the players need to stop stepping out of the batter’s box to preen themselves, needlessly prolonging games, watch this from 1987 for an example of how they didn’t used to take 5-9 seconds outside the box) and each stadium has different dimensions and surfaces to play on, as well as each city having different wind patterns that affect fly balls. At the end of each game the losing team doesn’t come out of the dugout to shake hands with the victors. They stay, battered and beaten, feeling the pain of loss–often sullenly watching the other team celebrate:
Baseball is serious and bitter. There isn’t room for forgiveness. There is hate, hard hate, a lot of it. Here is former Balitmore Orioles manager Earl Weaver’s famous tirade on September 17, 1980 in a game against the Detroit Tigers. “First base umpire Bill Haller, who was wearing a microphone for a documentary on the daily life of an MLB umpire, called a balk on Oriole pitcher Mike Flanagan. Weaver charged out of the dugout and began screaming at Haller, who was already angry at Weaver for publicly questioning his honesty by suggesting he be prohibited from working Tigers games because his brother was the Tigers’ catcher.” – Wikipedia
A few notes on the great game last night:
-Through eight innings the Cardinals had three hits. They had ten hits in the final three innings.
-Going back to 1980 there have been 24 game 6 or game 7’s in the World Series. The road team has won only four out of those twenty-four times.
1981 L.A. Dodgers against the Yankees in Game 6
1992 Toronto against the Braves in Game 6
1997 Cleveland against the Marlins in Game 6 (Cleveland lost in seven)
2003 Florida Marlins against the Yankees in Game 6