As of 5 PM yesterday, I had made a decision that because of Bud Selig’s outrageous ruling that we must play with the roof open, which the team doesn’t like and the fans hate, in order to remove any vestige of home field advantage, I was going to refuse to watch, listen to or read about the remainder of the Series.
In 1919, the Sox threw the Series for money. I have no idea what Bud Selig’s motive in trying to make sure the Astros lose, but I know that he will most likely never be investigated of forced to account for his treachery. I doubt it’s gamblers like Arnold Rothstein type stuff, but I’d bet it has to do with payback and favors, stuff like that. And I think the umps in on it too.
So when my Husband and Brotherman walked in the door, I told them that I refuse to have anything more with this fixed Series and refused to even watch or listen and that after dinner, they could watch if they wanted to but I was taking Da Bull, our 2 year old, who is getting too big for his britches (hahahaha) over to my friend Tamesha’s because she had a bunch of stuff her boy too big for.
Husband and Brotherman exchanged looks.
I said, I’m not kidding and Ida wanna talk about it one more second. And why were they home early anyhow?
Husband and Brotherman exchanged looks again.
I said I been thinking about this all day and I’m NOT kidding. We should just give Bud the finger and shut the roof, like the players want – Roy all upset and he not gonna pitch worth #### and the players are all angry too.
Yall do what you wanna do but my mind made up. And dinner won’t be ready for a while.
Husband and Brotherman exchanged looks again.
Husband cleared his throat. Um, Baby, he sez, you can’t be talkin like that when your Daddy comes by. Um, it’s supposed to be a surprise, but he got you a ticket and, um
I stopped dead. My Daddy HATES sports, has argued with my Mama since I can remember about her love of all that baseball **** and has scolded me for wasting time with that stuff. And here he’s bought his Baby Girl a ticket to the WS – what he is sure I would LUUUVVV as a present more than anything else he can think of. I have NO freaking idea what it cost him – I know what they are going for on ebay. I can’t tell him after what it must have cost him in money and pride to tell him that the game has been rigged and we’ve been set up to lose.
So when Daddy comes over with his “surprise” 10 minutes later, I give an Oscar winning performance (fortunately, I’m a MUCH better actor than Husband…) and set off for the ballpark.
I’ve checked the weather – it’s gonna be in the mid 50s, so I put on thick heavy pants, 2 sweaters and a hooded sweatshirt, warm socks and shoes.
I get to the Box around 6:15 – the crowd is almost all Astros fans, although I see a few people wearing other teams colors. I see a few White Sox fans, all males. I wonder if the female White Sox fans worried that Astros fans gonna punch her out, like a White Sox fan did to Patty Biggio – but we don’t do that here.
The crowd is very quiet going in and quiet in the lines waiting to get in. We KNOW that Bud Selig is trying to make us lose and it’s working with the crowd. LOTS of grumbling, very little Buzz like there was with the playoffs. A LOT of grumbling about how much the tickets cost for this and how it’s gonna be a waste of money. A lot of people said they bought the tickets from season holders they know – the season holders felt it was silly to go and the buyers wanted the “experience.” Almost everyone is wearing heavy sweaters and jackets – down here, we think that having to be outside in 50 degree weather is something horrible.
I don’t know what the lies and spin are that will be printed, but I’ve brought a thermometer – when I get to my seat in the upper deck at 7 PM, it’s 60. By 8, it’s 57 and it was 51 when the game finally ended. I spent some time checking game logs for the past few years. Not once have we played a game in 50 degree weather.
One more thing. NOBODY pays me what to say. I don’t have to worry about spin and putting myself in a good light with MLB, or the Astros Organization or anyone else. So I’m going to say that it was, from the very beginning, one of the most quiet and apathetic crowds I’ve ever been in, ESPECIALLY considering it was a full stadium.
From the very beginning, the faces in the stands were for the most past, quiet and glum. We KNEW we were gonna lose from the beginning. In fact, a LOT of people in the lines were complaining about the fix. Totally different from the excitement and cheers and buzz that I experienced in playoff games. A lot of people were calling Bud Selig names I won’t repeat. I’ve heard a LOT of lies from media about how there was all this noise – well, I could hear White Sox fans, all 50 of them, screaming Go White Sox from the lower decks. The noise was about the same amount of noise you get in an weekday afternoon game with the 15000 fans who show up. I don’t know or care how Fox manipulates TV stuff to get “crowd noise” that wasn’t there.
The fans were apathetic at best. A little bit of stirring after Jason Lane hit his double, but that was about it.
Even the beer vendors didn’t bother to show up. Or were they banned cuz Bud Selig was afraid the crowd would get drunk and ugly and start a riot and come lookin for him?
Do I think that the roof shut would have made a difference?
(check the comments section for my reply to Mike Q)
Of course, and so did the other fans and so did the players. And most important, so did Selig.
- as Rich Campbell says (and he’s a PADRES fan)
“It’s all smoke and mirrors. The roof was ordered opened to “make it
fair”. Sez me…removing one team’s home fireld advantage is very
unfair. It had NOTHING to do with temperature. It had everything to do with
noise. Sure, there may have been some other factors. But the why is the
noise. And that noise is generated because of a love affair between a team
and it’s fans and the roof should have been closed. period. Selig did
The ratings are down. Could it be the terrible job Fox does of broadcasting? The best part of the night, by the way, was the fact that Joe Buck got the loudest BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOS from the crowd – it was the only thing that woke us up.
Could it be that the audience has NO interest in a rigged series?
You watched the game.
The HP ump didn’t call balls and strikes the same for both teams.
Roy pitched like crap.
The guys hit like crap.
Phil managed like crap.
A few last things -
1 – for those of yall who say I am “whining” about having to be a spectator in unpleasant conditions, well, too bad
2 – for those of yall who say that MY team has no right to HF advantage, which, by the way, IS having the roof closed, well, then play the entire WS on neutral turf, just like (yawn) football. Heck, play in a football stadium that neither team has ever been to – how about in Green Bay or something so they will have to play in snow. Yeah, that would show them wussies. Or better yet, how about having the whole thing in some other country? Like, say, Yugoslavia?
3 – for those of you who say there isn’t cold weather in Chicago that the Chicago players have to play in any other time of the year, well, I have a nice bridge to sell you
4 – for those of yall who say that baseball was “meant” to be played without a roof, I say, first, “meant” is just your opinion, not a rule. If you want it different, write it in the rulebook and ban all domes and forbid the roofs of stadiums to be closed under ANY conditions since it will be different than stadiums with no roofs. Force every stadium to be built exactly alike, like a basketball court.
5 – for those of you who think 50 degrees is a wonderful temperature, well, goody good gumdrops for you. It’s like the sexual attractiveness of people – one person’s ugly dog is another person’s hottest hottie. And the vast majority of Houstonians, who are the vast majority of Astros fans, think temperatures under 70 degrees are cold.
6 – for those of yall who think that teams should not be superstitious or be influenced by the crowd, well, isn’t that special. Go play with your strat cards – statistics don’t lie. And the strat cards don’t care about nothing.
If you don’t believe in home field advantage because of the crowd, explain why there is a home court advantage in basketball or football, where the playing fields are exactly alike in every way.
and last but not least,
- guess Jimy Williams was right after all about Geoff Blum being a better player than Morgan Ensberg.