"I’m not really sure why I got the job. It seems they recruit often from SABR and are not really in the business of giving jobs to newspaper stringers that might later write about it. I was told they don’t even really like to hire writers, because they tend to stop paying attention after the seventh inning." On life as a baseball stat-stringer.
The Minnesota Twins haven't given their fans much to be happy about of late, and it may be some time before they do it next. But there's a valuable lesson to be learned in all this glacial futility, maybe.
We'd buy scalped standing-room tickets, move as close to the field as possible, and yell "Yankees suck" or "Jeter, you suck," etc., while wearing our "Yankees Suck" t-shirts. Just screaming and screaming.
The 1977 TV movie Murder At The World Series offers none of the excitement of the World Series, and barely any murder. But it does offer notably more Intense Bruce Boxleitner acting and Houston Astros than any Fall Classic in recent memory.
Acting out, getting left behind and winding up too big for Little League is no way to go through life. A personal history from the rugged baseball diamonds of Billings, Montana, haunted by the baddest of the Bad News Bears.
The Cardinals are a very good baseball team, and their fans are very good fans. No one really argues with all that, but -- with the Cardinals back in the World Series and the Best Fans In Baseball back in the spotlight -- no one seems to like it much, either. What's so worth hating, here?