How much did Chicago pay you?
A quick quote from The Denver Post:
“Troy Tulowitzki, a whiz defensively at shortstop, lost the NL rookie of the year award because Milwaukiee’s Ryan Braun, the winner, had better power numbers. But slugger Matt Holliday missed out on the NL MVP award because, they say, Philadelphia’s Jimmy Rollins was a better defender. And defense trumps power. Something here is amiss.”
I don’t care what the vote says. Tulowitzki deserved to beat Ryan Braun for Rookie of the Year. It just goes to show that a Mountain Time zone and a defensive mindset doesn’t get recognition in the eyes of the nation. Braun is a great slugger, I agree. And we are a nation that loves when you can swing for the fences. But he also fields about as capably as Paris Hilton. Lots of guys hit home runs; how many short stops are credited with an unassisted triple play in their rookie year? Or any year, for that matter? If anyone outside of the Denver metro area had paid attention to this kid before the Rockies post-season run in September, they would have seen a season worth of Golden Golve worthy fielding statistics, gravity-defying acrobatic leaping catches, and off-balance, on-target throws that most players could only dream of.
I was set to diatribe about this for much longer. Instead, I will be content to link to someone at ESPN who’s more qualified to argue the point than me. And then I will go to work on honoring an athlete who deserves more than second place by spending my time building a wiki fan site. Stop by Tulowiki if you have anything to add. Site’s under construction but I’m working on it.
Yesterday, I went to the Rockies-Braves game. I honestly can’t think of a better way to have spent the afternoon, but my post-game joy was momentarily stopped short by naysayers. A certain someone responded to my baseball excitement by saying, “You can see the game better on tv, and you can watch for free.” While I had no automatic comeback for that logic, I’ve been thinking about it. Here’s my response as to why sports events can never truly be replaced by television.
Watching at home admittedly has its perks. Replays, commentary chock-full of random statistics, great camera views that do close-up on the players. They are all things that make it easier to watch and follow the game. So why would you pay to go see the same game live and give all that up?
Because watching at home can never match the emotion of experience. At home, you are not going to encounter the guys in the row in front of you who have probably had a few too many that decide to “standing o-boo” (a concept similar to a standing ovation) with every poor play. Unless you are an anomoly, you probably don’t really have the chance to yell “Charge!” or sing take me out to the ballgame during the 7th inning. Instead, you are probably watching car commercials. TV doesn’t let you feel the thrill of a steal in the works as you watch the suicide lead turn into an all-out sprint. The television audience doesn’t get the emotion of a showdown between pitcher and batter when the last 5 pitches have been fouled off. You don’t get to watch the group of little kids a few rows in front of you trying desperately to get on the big screen by dancing around and jumping up and down between every half-inning. You living room likely lacks warm sun and a cool breeze and smell of hot dogs.
It will always be worth it to take me out to the ballgame, because it’s only there that you really get to experience the thrill of the game: a comeback, an extraordinary catch, a key out, the smack of a big hit, the collective groan of the missed play, the fountains that go off with a home run. The comfort of your couch is good, but it will never match watching a game from the hard plastic stadium seats.
3 for 3, buddy! (well kind of. I’m counting #2 as a personal victory simply because the spirit of the goal was accomplished when Stanford got the snot kicked out of them…)
Now that’s bringing your A-Game!
REASONS WHY THE BUCKEYES ARE THE MOST
OBNOXIOUS TEAM OF MARCH.
I am willing to take any kind of hit in my bracket just to see this team go down…
3 Unlikely Scenarios:
Things I Like to Picture Happening During This Year’s NCAA Tournament1. I think that it would be delightful if Winthrop could beat Notre Dame, simply because I think Winthrop sounds like the name of the kid from middle school with thick glasses, a slight lisp, and an irrefutable knowledge of the Dewy Decimal system. Wouldn’t it be fun to picture a team of said Winthrops taking down a group of Fighting Irish?