inkycatz wrote:I'm the sort who likes to stick around to the very end of the game, even if I know it's going to go one way or other for sure. Am I the only one?
When I was a kid, my dad used to take me to a bunch of local single-A games. If games ran late, we'd leave. But from the age of 14 or so on, I have left one, and only one, baseball game early.
Earlier this year, I visited a friend in Colorado, and we went to a Rockies game. The starting pitcher opened the game with an ERA over 12, and made it worse from there. I found myself deeply puzzled that they didn't replace him, until they did. We left in the 8th, after back to back 5 or 6 run innings.
The Rockies looked worse than the M's of 2 years ago. There was no heart, no hope, no effort. Whoever they had at 3rd was an insult to the game and to human dignity. If I had cared about the Rockies, we'd have stayed (Lord knows in the past few years I've stayed through some crappy M's fiascoes).
If the Rockies had demonstrated that they were remotely emotionally invested in the game, I would have stayed.
But as I didn't care about the R's, and they didn't care about the game, I just couldn't bring myself to sit through yet another no-out, bases loaded pummeling.
I've sat through some bad college, minor- and major-league games, but that's the first time I've left in damn near two decades.
I like Clint Hurdle, but I can't see him surviving the disaster the R's have become. Sadly, the fault is with ownership and some with the GM, but I can't see anyone but Hurdle taking the first bullet.