Thu, 08/18/2011 - 02:11
As you may remember about a month ago I discussed baseball for probably only the second or third time. When you've been a Pirates fan your entire life sometimes talking about losing can become methodical and boring (especially after 18 years). I have been pretty pumped up since the season started over these "Battling Buccos". Then something happened. I refer to it as "the day the music died", July 26 2011. You may recall it. The 19 inning marathon where the Braves beat the Pirates on a missed call that Jerry Meals admitted immediately after the game, was wrong. So long to the first place Pirates, bring back the good ol' boys.
Since that day that Pirates have been on a downward spiral. They went from first place, to now being 13 games back. That's a pretty impressive turnaround. One day when I checked out the standings I thought to myself, "it's just easier this way". There's no more stressing over every game. No more staying up to watch every night. I've decided it's easier to be a fan of a losing team. The baseball season is so long that it stresses me out. Not only did I have to dissect everything the Bucs did, I found myself dissecting everything the Brewers, Cardinals, Braves, and Phillies were doing as well. Now, if we win I say "Oh that's cute". When we lose I feel that everything is right in the world again.
Don't get me wrong, I'm one of the ones who actually still believe. If I'm not mistaken there are 42 games left and for some warped reason I think the Buccos are going to win them all. Every season I start with one goal; finish above .500. That without a doubt is still obtainable. Only time will tell though. I was really looking forward to October. Why not replace the NBA season with baseball that I actually care about? Once the Pirates do go on this historical 40 game winning streak I hope I'm ready for the stress it entails. One of these days it will happen.
If I've learned anything from this experience it's that the MLB should look into instant replay, or another umpire at the least, and that some things never change.
As the old saying goes....
Here We Go Steelers, Here We Go.
Pics taken from: PostGazette.com