Scoreboard WatchingSeveral 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.