they get lucky sometimes
I was watching the Marlins / Cubs game the other night and the Marlins were ahead 3-0. Little fellers. I thought it was funny that one of the team leaders was Dontrelle Willis, all of 24 years old. I had to stop watching when the relief started blowing it...
I've always had a problem with losing team empathy. Ever since I was a kid. It's confusing. I'm rooting for the home team but I don't want the visitors to lose. I even felt bad for the Cards in '04. I'm not kidding. It's almost unbearable sometimes. I probably feel worse than some of the players do.
Remember Daniel Cabrera's disastrous start against Boston earlier this year, walking in runs and falling apart like a Chinese motorcycle? Unbearable. Terrance Long's stunned face as he struck out looking against that sweaty bitch D-Lowe in the '03 ALDS? Awful. Florida losing... what was it, 25-8? 25-3? At Fenway in '03, I think, when they went through 3 starters before getting out of the first inning. And then big bad Todd Walker hit a ball that pinged the pitcher in the head and he dropped like a sack of wet cement. Poor Jack McKeon. I wasn't even that mad when Grady Little apologized.
If I haven't been able to shake this at my advanced age, I can only assume it's uncurable.
Pawtucket lost last night, but it was a cool game. More on that later.
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There's no mercy rule in the MLB. Only used in the WBC. And little league and softball. Sometimes, you wish there was such a rule. Although, I don't know what's worse: the humiliation of having to end the game because you're sucking ass or getting totally clobbered. 6 of one, 1/2 dozen of the other.
I was so proud of the Marlins . . . then they blew it. Hell, that may be the only time I get to see them this year. It's like '98 all over again. [sigh] At least my Astros are off to a good start.
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