Alright, in honor of Nightmare, I will get off the phone and write something.
Last night I went to see the Royals. They of course had come into the game on a 10 game losing streak. They are on track to get the record for most losses in a season.
But last night seemed different. We went up 7-2, and stayed there going into the 9th inning. However, in the 9th inning, we gave up 11 runs, 4 unearned runs, two dropped pop flies, and three errors. Yes, we lost 13-7.
I halfway expected a waltz to start playing as each player in the field took turns dropping the ball.
The newspaper today is calling it the “Nauseating Ninth.” And that it was. Our “closer,” Mike MacDougal gave up six hits and seven runs personally. He only played half an inning and only got one out. That means his ERA for the game was 184. 1-8-4. To put that in perspective, Roger Clemmens, who has been playing baseball ever since getting off the ark, has an ERA of 1.4.
The hecklers were in fine form, however. The guy behind me, after they gave up 5 runs, screamed “HANG YOUR HEADS IN SHAME!” down onto the field. The great thing about having a crappy team is that the 47 people that go to the game can sit close enough to the field that the player can hear the heckling…
One heckler behind us was so upset he got arrested.
I have to admit though, once a team gets bad enough, it actually goes from bad to highly entertaining. My enjoyment level from booing and heckling the players was much higher than my enjoyment level during the previous 8 innings.
The entire crowd stayed just so they could boo the players off the field. The team should have been handed pink slips as they exited the field, if not purple koolaid. (forgive the cult reference)
The frightening thing is, the most pathetic player out there is making 10 times what I do. Seriously, the fielding was so bad, we could have sent a 6 year old with a popcorn bucket and had better success.
It’s time to send the Royals back to Omaha. Not a couple of them. Send the entire team back to the minors and try again next year.