Originally Posted by Ghosts of 1990
I would let my wife deny me for the next year for a win tomorrow.
Sorry, I don't love the Reds that much! If I'm gonna get screwed, I'd rather it be by......
Of course if I said the above to my wife she'd respond' Don't do me any favors!"
Everyone has an emotional attachment to the game (team). One can say that about any hobby or past-time we participate in. There is some level of passion involved.
There 's nothing like watching a game, and have an event or play occur, and that adrenalin burst forces you out of the chair, and to your feet, screaming "Yeah!". There's nothing wrong with getting pumped.
But to allow that emotional aspect to take one to such a level of extremes that I see many express on here - the weeks of depression, can't let it go, and the feeling that life just isn't worth living anymore - makes me feel sorry for such individuals.
It's obvious you can't help it, but Geez!
So when it's taken to that level then one needs to be reminded "It's Just Sports" simply because you're allowing that "hold" on you to drive you into an area that just ain't healthy IMO.
And I got really tired last night hearing some accuse this team of choking. Give me a break! This is a team, all year, that has relied on pitching and defense, and an offense, for the most part, that has a hard time putting runs on the board. We've all watched this all summer long. And when you lose your ace out of a short series - that hurts BIG TIME. These are two teams that are quite similar, and who got to the post-season relying on pitching to offset below average producing offenses. People talk about SF's "weak" offense, yet in the regular season it was, overall, better then ours. RPG? SF is 4.4, Cincy is 4.1
That's not making excuses for this team, even when we jumped to a 2-0 series lead; but only looking at the reality of the situation, and dispelling this crazy idea of choking. SF won two straight games (no great feat) just like we came out and won two straight.
We're playing the same type of game, getting the same type of managing, in this post-season that also won us the division and got us there. Win or lose I don't have too much to complain about in that aspect. After jumping out to a 2-0 series lead I wasn't hearing too many whining or complaining about Baker's managing. We lose two straight, and he's the worst. Fie. Question Baker's decisions in the last two games all you want... but it still comes down to those players on the field, and their performance. In game #3, was it Baker's fault for the errors, passed ball, etc, that basically gave the win to the Giants?