There have been more than a few complaints about how baseball has turned back into a total pitchers game this year, resulting in a ton of low scoring games. I view it as a good thing, for one reason: Tension.
Recently, in the basketball playoffs, there was a game featuring the San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Mavericks, where a player named Vince Carter hit a winning 3 pointer at the last second. This happened because the game was close, so the opportunity was there. It was a taut moment in a tense ballgame, and just before it happened, everyone was on the edge of their seats, anticipating something might happen, for good or bad.
Well, with all of these close, low scoring games, there is constant tension that something might happen. My Cardinals lost last night, 2 to 1. That slim margin kept my focus, made me keep an eye on the game via espn gamecast. There was always a good possibility the Cardinals could come back. They didn’t, but the possibility was there, and it was very real, as opposed to say, being down 5 runs in an 11 to 6 slugfest.
My favorite moments are the walk-off wins in tight ball games, where heroes like Kirk Gibson and David Freese emerge. Close games waiting for that magic moment, which doesn’t often happen, but when it does…
Don’t get me wrong, I like good hitting as much as the next guy, but to me, nothing beats a good pitchers duel whether they match each other zero for zero, or one pitcher only gives up one or even two runs. Because those leads are easily surmountable with the right bounce, with the right bad hop or wild pitch. The possibility is there. The tension is there.