I was at the game on Wednesday and it was a good time. Yes, the Brewers lost. I know because I was there and I stayed for the whole thing. It wasn't a bad loss though. The team fought til the end and had a runner on third at the end of the ninth that would have tied the game. Cameron did his best to fight off the tough pitches, but he ended up popping out. It happens, it's baseball. The point is that I got to see the entire thing play out. I got to see Hoffman take down his former team easily in the ninth. I got to see Prince get a big hit. I got to see Escobar steal a big base in the ninth. I got to see it all and the reason I got to see it all wasn't because I had good seats or because I am Ryan Braun's favorite blogger. No, I got to see it all because, and you are not going to believe this, I STAYED FOR THE ENTIRE GAME!
I know, crazy right? I bought tickets to a baseball game and I actually stayed for the whole thing and watched it. Not because I am like this crazy obsessed baseball fan who needs a perfect scorecard, but because the team had a good chance to win and I wanted to see them do it! I KNOW!!! RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!
Look, it's your money and you can do what you want with it. After a really exciting 7th inning when the team pulled within one I had the good feeling that they were going to be able to comeback and win the game. After the 8th, when the team didn't score I still hadn't given up hope. Apparently everyone else did because a ton of people left after the eighth inning. Why? I have no idea. To me there are only three reasons to leave a game and they are as follows:
- You are forced to leave by security.
No real explanation needed here. So you punched a guy out in the Fridays, who cares? These things happen.
- The team is losing by so many runs that you can't take it anymore.
Actually, I wouldn't even leave under this circumstance. I would just go to one of the bars around the park and hang out. I mean, you never know and you don't want to be that guy who left . How would you feel if you were an Indians fan at this game? Oh, wait I forgot they don't have any. Nevermind.
- The game is over.
Of course, there are exceptions (like kids or wives or drunk friends) because there are always exceptions. Just know that "traffic" is not one of them. You aren't getting out any faster if you leave in the eighth or the ninth. It just doesn't make that big of a difference, time-wise. I realize that they don't sell beer during this time and I know that sucks for you, but really it's silly to leave. You bought tickets to a baseball game. You should try watching it, it's not like you have someplace better to be.