Sunday, April 27, 2008

Zito As Disappointing As Beer Prices

We made it out the AT&T Park today to watch the Giants take on the Cincinnati Reds. It was a beautiful day for baseball, but unfortunately for the 39,000+ people on hand, the game was over almost as soon as it started.

Barry Zito, the Giants ridiculously overpaid so-called "ace" who has lost his first 5 starts of the season, received mostly cheers as he took the mound. The optimistic crowd was willing to forget about that fact that he was 0-5... that he makes roughly $500,000 PER START... that his fast ball comes in at only 85mph... and that his 126 million dollar contract just may go down as one of the worst contracts in baseball history. Oh yes, the crowd was willing to wipe the slate clean and let him go out there and pitch. Shame on us for being so optimistic.

We then watched Zito surrender 6 runs in the first inning. He walked the lead-off hitter, gave up a bunch of hits (including a triple), and faced 10 hitters before the Giants even got to hit. Zito's nightmare season got even worse as he only lasted a season low 3 innings. The only thing he had going for him is the fact that it wouldn't have been AS bad had it not been for Randy Winn's terrible error that got the first inning rally going.

After the first half inning the game was basically over.

There's always beer right? Since the game was bad I could just enjoy the day and drink a few cold ones and have a great time with my mom, my dad, and my wife. Couldn't I? Nope, not unless my dad and I wanted to spend $50 to each have three beers! I realize that sporting events all over America have been charging $8+ for a beer for many years now so I shouldn't be surprised, and I wasn't, but that doesn't make it ok - especially when the product stinks. It would have been nice to have had a couple more than the one I let myself buy, but not only is that a waste of money, it feeds the beast that pays Zito's salary, and I by no means want to help out with that.

I played baseball growing up and loved playing it. I still jump at the opportunity to play softball or hit at a batting cage. At its core it's a great game. I can't wait to watch my son play little league (if he chooses to play) and would even love to coach him. However, I am sad to say my interest in professional baseball has gone south over the years, and today didn't much to help fight that downward trend.


louisgray said...
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louisgray said...

Sounds like you need to be a charter member of the Oakland A's new Giants fan amnesty program.

The A's have a young team and some exciting vets. They just got Frank Thomas for peanuts, not $126 million. They know when to let people go (See: Zito, Barry). And... they're in first place.

With my wife carrying twins, she can't go all the time, and with your wife pregnant as well, maybe I can help by taking you along to the Oakland Coliseum. We'll even let you buy beer.