As you have read on this blog already, I’m slowly getting back into scoring baseball games after a nearly three decade hiatus and I have already scored a few games at the ballpark this season both in traditional fashion and not quite so traditional fashion.
My first game was actually at Citi Field when I saw the Mets lose to the Dodgers in late April. I have to say, scoring a National League game for my first foray back into the art of scoring was a little daunting with all of the pinch hitters, double switching, etc. Luckily, I had my brother with me and he helped me when I was stuck.
I was pretty happy that day because I did end up remembering a bunch of things but I also felt a bit like a fish out of water. I just really wanted to get it right. In fact, I even brought the scorebook to the concession stand with me because I didn’t want to miss scoring anything.
When watching Yankee games on TV, I always thought it was so goofy when Michael Kay would say, “If you’re keeping score at home…” I’d scoff at that statement and think, “Who the heck scores at home?” Well, this season, I’ve become one of those people.
It just so happens that the most recent game in my scorebook is yesterday’s contest between the Mets and the Phillies.
Like I said, I’m still practicing and learning. I figured, if I score at home enough times and really learn how to do it again then I will be able to go to a game and score with so much confidence that I’ll even be able to do it in pen. Plus, I’m also a Virgo and a bit of a neat freak and I do not want a messy scoreboard.
Scoring at home is actually fun. I’m not distracted by the sights and sounds like I am at the ballpark.
I have a tendency to get antsy and walk around when I’m at a stadium. Maybe it’s my ADHD kicking in or maybe it’s just my nervous and anxious personality shining through but when I keep score, I’m forced to really take the time to watch every single moment of the game and I think having to do that is making me a better baseball fan and it’s even helping me to understand the game in a different and better way.
Though starting up again this late in the game (pun intended) is also making me regret not keeping score at some of the great games I’ve attended in the past.
How fun would it have been to score Dwight Gooden’s no-hitter? Or Game 4 of the 2001 World Series? Actually, I’m not sure I would have been able to score those two particular games. I think I would have stopped scoring at some point and just stood there with the rest of the crowd, hanging on every pitch, oohing and aahing at every foul ball and groaning at every swing and miss.
Scoring yesterday’s Mets/Phillies game from home was pretty easy. The poor Phillies couldn’t do much against Matt Harvey – he was absolutely filthy. And the Mets hit three home runs off of Cliff Lee – two of them were back-to-back which was fun to score – and any time Cliff Lee loses it’s fun for me.
Who me? Bitter? Nah…
Now, you may be wondering why I didn’t choose to score the Yankees/Red Sox game from home last night. Well, I already had an idea that it wasn’t going to be a good one for the Yankees and I cannot deal with Sunday Night ESPN games. I kept track of the game on Twitter and on Gameday instead.
I guess I could have tried to score the game without watching it. Hey, maybe that could be my next experiment. I think that could be interesting, don’t you?