Yep, I've felt that way for several years now.
I don't blame teams pursuing optimal strategies for their success, and that has what has led to this. But the unintended consequences is that the game is less interesting to a lot of fans, and that doesn't bode well for the future of the game.
I was never a huge tennis fan but I enjoyed it back in the Borg/Connors/McEnroe era. But the players got stronger and the rackets better and the game became about super hard serves for aces and not as much about great volley points. I lost all interest in watching men's tennis.
And I think a lot of others lost interest too. There was a time when the weekly or biweekly tennis tournament, even when it wasn't a major, at least got mentioned on the sports page or SportsCenter. Like the nonmajor golf tournaments still do. Not anymore. To any casual or even fairly dedicated sports fan, nothing even exists but the majors anymore.
I'd hate to see baseball just drift off and disappear into obscurity like that in 30 or 40 years. Lucky for me it's unlikely I'll live that long.
Been thinking about last night's game.
For me, it was a great reminder that baseball is at its best, most exciting and most entertaining when a ball is put in play with runners on base: fielders reacting to the batted ball, runners reacting to the fielders, fielders reacting to the runners, runners ignoring the coaches, everyone making split-second decisions based on their estimates of their and their opponents' ability and their own, taking into account the score and the inning. No other sport has that kind of panoramic activity and uncertainty, with so many possible outcomes.
I'll take that kind of action over a launch-angle ball hit 10 rows into the stands, followed by meaningless trotting around the basis, any day.
Baseball is losing that excitement, and nobody in authority seems to care.
Maryland football is the biggest joke in the Big Ten now that Rutgers looks decent. Losing 43-3 to freakin’ Northwestern might be an all-time low for this program.
Locksley has to be the worst coach in a power five conference. Never should’ve fired Durkin, or even Matt Canada. What are the odds Locksley ever wins 5 games like Canada did in his only year here? What are the odds Locksley ever wins another game as coach of the Terps?