Thursday, July 24, 2008
Behind The Scoreboard
Not sure when I fell asleep
It has taken most baseball fans the better part of a week to recuperate from the marathon type game which the battle of the all-stars in the majors turned into Tuesday night (and Wednesday morning) of last week.
Truthfully, Major League Baseball fans in the area must be akin to yours truly, who admittedly is not a USDA Choice, No. 1, dyed in the wool, Class A, hardnosed baseball fan. The most of my attention is paid to the All-Star Game and the World Series.
Truthfully, the nearly five-hour game wore my patience plumb out. I can’t recall in which inning I fell asleep. One fan related that he dozed off, slumbered for a full six hours, awakened to find the score tied and the game still in the ninth. Of course we are blowing this all out of reasonable proportions, but it did seem as though there was no ending in sight.
The game set a few dubious records (my call only), and probably lost a few supporters.
Later in the week all was well and the boys of summer were back in full swing (pun intended). None appeared any the worse for wear and tear. But more on the disabled list later.
The all-star break heralds the halfway point of the season. Teams are expected to rejoin the fray with renewed commitment, aiming to regain lost leads and turn seasons around. Of course, things probably were not the same in the National League after losing for a 12th consecutive year.
The American League BoSox bounced out of the break and recaptured the East lead. The Red Sox, with one of the best records in the leagues, topped the Orioles to do it. And what about Chicago’s favorite sons? They lead their respective divisions in their leagues.
You people who start looking for World Series contenders this early must keep your eyes on the teams in Los Angeles (Angels and Dodgers), Arizona and, of course, St. Louis. As of Sunday, the Cards were two games behind the Cubs.
Listen, MLB is supposedly a non-contact sport, right? So explain all the entries each week on the disabled list (DL). This list has a crew of injured players each week. Where does all the hurt come from? There hasn’t been a bench-clearing brawl since early in the season.
Can the occasional slide into home be that hazardous?
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