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.


Kim said...

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.

Phlip said...

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.