I started this post on opening day of the the MLB Season. . . . but we quickly ran out of signal on our phones on our way to hunt for a certain turkey (that flirted with me and didn’t live to tell about it. . . .)
“MLB starts it’s season today. In fact, the Royals are playing today. So, why am I greeting the start of the season with so little fan fair? In fact, I could be watching the game instead if here posting.”
Cody and I talked about it most of the way out to the lease. Even today, I’m just not that interested (especially given the albeit expected backsliding recently)
I can think of a few possible reasons:
1) The Royals team on the field is not the same as a few years ago- in fact it, with DeJesus gone, there are no Royals remaining from their best year in over a decade. It’s hard to watch guys you want to see, learn so much about, and/or that are really good leave year after year. Then there’s the affinity for aquiring outfielders when we already have them. We’re the farm team for good players and seem to get some really lazy ones. I was telling a scout the other day that I didn’t really mind losing Grienke- it was going to happen- but at least he took Betancourt. . . .
2) They’re not going to do anything. . . . the Royals. It’s inevitable and it’s just not something I want to dedicate as much time to right now.
3) Hockey’s in full swing. . . And at least until this week, the Sabres were fun to watch. It’s playoff time and while I’m not sure who I’m going to root for now, I know I’ll find it more interesting than MLB.
4) I’m enjoying watching SFA play. . . . I think this is the big heart of the matter. For several reasons. . . . 1) it’s a purer game. 2) the team’s been really great this year and fun to watch. 3) I’m watching the games live. I’m having so much fun going to the games. I’ve missed it the past few weeks and I’m so glad they’re back at home. Baseball is just more fun to watch when you can see the whole game. Then there’s the fun of taking mom to a “triple header” (extra innings from the night before plus a double header) or my uncle, his grandson, and great grandson to a game. And, truth be told, I enjoy talking to and watching the scouts. . . I enjoy seeing the speed of pitches. . . . I enjoy watching them go to work when they see something that interests them. . . (Or when their assessments are the same as mine and they become less interested). . . . I enjoy sharing stats with them- aka who pitched when, how many pitches, etc as I keep score at the games. While I root for the Jacks more than the away team, I honestly just want to see a well played game- these are “kids” not “pros”.
I don’t guess I’ve watched a full MLB game yet. . . I watched part of a Royals game but really haven’t watched one. Things haven’t changed much since opening day. . . Except that the Sabres season is over. . . Yet my love for baseball hasn’t diminished one bit. . . In fact, it’s very much on my mind as my weekend plans consist of watching the SFA ball games. Go ‘Jacks!