Friday, July 24, 2009
I like to Watch (and then mark it down)
I love to keep score at baseball games. At all levels if I'm at the game, I will be the guy keeping score. Not only do I like to keep score but I keep all my score cards in a file and I also collect old scorecards.I have over a dozen framed and on my walls. Most adults look at this as something a kid should be doing at a game not a grown man. The most common question is why. Here is my best answer as to why.
The answer: Yesterday
Yesterday Mark Buehrle pitched a perfect game for the Chicago White Sox and I wish I had been there. Every guy that has ever kept score wishes they were there. The perfect game has to be the ultimate game to keep score. Sure there are other milestones I've recorded such as Carlton Fisk's most games caught record, Jake Peavy's 3000th K and Jim Thomes 500th home run. These were all things I knew might happen before I went to the game, that is what makes the Perfect Game so special for the amateur score keeper. So congrats to all the guys and gals keeping score at the game yesterday, you now own a piece of history. Man I wish I did. Maybe my neighbor Bob, the White Sox official scorer, will sell me his.