Monday, September 29th, 2008

Scoreboard Watching

Several months ago, a discussion took place on Humzoo that asked why we like our favorite sports. I would like to submit yesterday's game between the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers as evidence. Quite simply, scoreboard watching is the most stressful and exciting part of a postseason chase.

On Sunday, the status of the National League Wild Card race came down to game 162 of the season for the New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers found themselves closing out the regular season at Miller Park against the Cubs. The Mets played their final home game at Shea Stadium against the Florida Marlins. Both the Brewers and Mets were tied in the Wild Card standings. If either team were to win and the other lose, they would advance to the postseason. If both won or lost, they would travel to Shea Stadium for a one-game tiebreaker. If the Mets would win, they would fly to Chicago to play the Cubs at Wrigley Field. If the Brewers would win, they would head east to Philadelphia to start their series at Citizens Bank Park.

The Mets game at Shea Stadium was scheduled to start at 12:10 p.m. Central Time. That was almost one hour before the Cubs/Brewers game. Due to pre-game ceremonies in New York, the start of the game was delayed. While watching the Cubs score on a Prince Fielder error, Brewers fans kept a watchful eye on the left field scoreboard that read: Marlins 0 - Mets 0.

As the Brewers continued to trail the Cubs, the Mets game progressed. Finally, the scoreboard changed, Marlins 1 - Mets 0. The Miller Park crowd erupted. Then it read, Marlins 2 - Mets 0. Brewers fans knew opportunity knocked, but they needed to score. The Cubs still lead, 1-0.

New York refused to let go of Shea Stadium. Miller Park grew silent when the score updated: Marlins 2 - Mets 2. As the Cubs continued to change the pitchers in preparation for the playoffs, the Brewers loaded the bases. Craig Counsell walked to tie the game. The crowd sprung to life. Was there another update from New York? Marlins 3 - Mets 2.

The Brewers still had a game to win. Bob Howry gave up a 2-run home run to Ryan Braun. Milwaukee took the lead, 3-1. CC Sabathia still had a game to close out. He did, and the Brewers won. Still, the Brewers fate was up in the air. They did their part, but would they travel to New York or Philadelphia?

The Miller Park video board switched over to the TBS broadcast from Shea Stadium. The fans stood and watched the bottom of the eighth and ninth innings. The Marlins won, 4-2. The next thing I knew, Susan and I were getting soaked with champagne. I received a few heckles since I was wearing my Cubs cap and pullover, but the Brewers fans let me hang around.

GO CUBBIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!   Monday, September 29, 2008
This was the most exciting game of my life. CC and Braunie, heroes of the day.

Susan   Monday, September 29, 2008
I enjoyed how you told this story. I can only imagine how anxious but fun it must have been for Brewer fans to follow both games, knowing how much rested on each. That's so cool you got to be there for it.

Bill, are you one of the "chosen" who has tickets for a Cubs playoff game?
SallyPants   Monday, September 29, 2008
No, I'm not among the chosen. Guess I'll be watching the NLDS at home on TBS.
Bill Pearch   Monday, September 29, 2008
Still jealous of you and Susan! When we were at Friday's game, JJ Hardy had just struck out when the crowd went wild seeing the "F" when the Mets lost.

I agree with you that it;s why I love the game... To people who think baseball is boring: you have NO IDEA how exciting it was. Sometimes the slow pace makes the anxiety even worse. Both my husband and I are supersticious so he was watching the game in his "man cave" and I was in the living room... we couldn't leave our perpsective places until it ended. When it did, I literally jumped into his arms, not before peeing my pants at the excitement! Those damn incontinence problems won't go away after having kids...
Carrie   Monday, September 29, 2008
Was that an actual post from Susan?
Bill Pearch   Monday, September 29, 2008
I figured you would know! lol.
Carrie   Monday, September 29, 2008
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