When did going to a game become such a beating?

I love going to baseball games. Being in a stadium and watching a game in person is just a better experience than watching it on TV. Or, at least it’s supposed to be.

One of the problems, for those of us who care about the actual game, with becoming a popular team is that it attracts people who just want to do the current cool thing. That tends to make the ballpark a less than ideal place to be for someone who just wants to watch live baseball, especially in a fair-weather area like DFW.

I was at the Felix-Yu matchup last night sitting in section 47 directly in front of the idiot that ran onto the field in the seventh inning. That guy was with three or four friends and they were a complete beating all night. Here are some things I overheard:

  • Them wanting to go “teach a lesson” to someone wearing a Seahawks Russell Wilson jersey because that just shouldn’t happen in “our” stadium.
  • Every other word being a f-bomb. I curse, a lot at times, when I’m around friends that I know don’t care. I’d never be crass enough to yell it to my friends with hundreds of strangers around.
  • How running on the field was on this guys bucket list and he just had to do it.
  • How he was afraid his dad would kick him out of the house because bail would be so much.
  • Trying to get a friend to do it with him saying he would pay their bail. These last two seem to contradict each other.
  • How he’d had 7 beers already so he wouldn’t feel a taser, but he needed one more before he did it.

That was when my fiancée and I left those seats and found somewhere better to watch the last two innings of the game.

On top of all that, here’s how the rest of my section decided to watch the top of the seventh:


Yep, they’re watching and cheering, very loudly, for the wave they were trying to start.

I know this sounds like some old man complaining. But at what point are people being jackasses and taking away from the enjoyment of people who want to watch the game too much? Going to games means too much to me to just stop doing it entirely but it may become something I do less frequently as the season goes on.

But hey, at least we got to see this at the end of the night:


And that makes it worth it.

Michael Young Trade Feedback: Facebook Edition

As everyone knows by now, the Rangers did something that really needed to be done over the weekend and traded Michael Young. It’s a move that’s going to be good for the Rangers, Young himself and, if MY rebounds even a little bit from his disastrous 2012 season, the Phillies.

However, even with the deal being a good move for the team it was still a bittersweet day. I’ve been pretty unapologetic in my criticism of Young’s play, especially on Twitter, but I understand and appreciate what he’s given to the Rangers over the past 12 seasons. It will be very, very strange not hearing Young introduced on Opening Day. But, this move makes the Rangers a better team next season and that’s what’s most important here.

Of course, not everyone sees it that way. And what better way to see how people feel than taking a look at Facebook?

The official Rangers Facebook page hasn’t posted anything about the trade yet, probably in part so their social media guy doesn’t have to deal with moderating the comments on it. That hasn’t stopped people from sounding off on other posts though.

So, presented without comment, a selection of Facebook reactions to the MY trade and the Rangers offseason in general. I’ve removed any identifying info but these are all actual comments.

The Rangers are The Avengers

(After a tough 4-2 loss to the Angels Saturday afternoon, Ron Washington and Mike Scioscia meet on the field during batting practice. A tense conversation happens between them.)

Scioscia: What have I to fear?

Wash: The Rangers. You know, the team’s that beat you the last two years. Some are even saying an “Earth’s Best Team” type thing.

Scioscia: Yes, I’ve met them.

Wash: Yeah, it’s taken us a while to get any national traction, I’ll give you that one. But let’s do a head count here: your former catcher that you, for some insane reason, traded for Vernon effing Wells; the Face of the Franchise, a living legend that doesn’t quite live up to the legend, but still, he’s pretty good; a right-fielder with a breath-taking boomstick; a couple of the best middle-infielders in the game, and you, and your team, you’ve managed to piss off every single one of them.

Scioscia: That was the plan.

Wash: Not a great plan. When they play, and they WILL, they’ll come for you.

Scioscia: I have Jared Weaver.

Wash: We have Hamilton.