Re-purposing a portion of a series of Facebook messages to an old pal from college. . . .
Backstory: He's going to the Reds game tonight, and had alluded to the fact that he was wearing Indians gear in his status update.
Me: Wait, what? Are you in Cleveland?
[Pause while I check the online schedule.]
Me again: Doh! Nevermind . . .
I forgot that Cleveland is playing the RED SOX tonight, not the REDS. So, when I skimmed the Reds/Indians part of the status update, I thought you were in NE Ohio.
Poor reading comprehension is apparently my punishment for leaving my iPod at home and trying to check FB on my work computer on the sly ... Sigh.
ANYHOW: Enjoy the game. The end. : )
He replied that he was in Cleveland earlier in the week but is in Cincy now. He admitted that he finds AL games more interesting to watch — Can I just pause this recap to say that it kind of boggles my mind that anybody finds baseball interesting to watch, much less can draw distinctions between the two leagues and their varying approaches? I'm only a fan because when I first started my day job, baseball was a relatively safe topic of conversation with one of my bosses. I only pay attention to the Indians; when they're out of it, I'm done.
At any rate, since I still had twenty minutes to kill at the office . . .
My reply: However, you might be better off in Cincy -- assuming that, because it's south of here, it's warmer.
It's only about 43 right now & it will probably get chillier before first pitch. There was a piece in Scene about record-breaking low attendance at Tribe games over the weekend.
Everybody seems to blame it on the team's poor performance, but nobody mentioned the fact that you have to be frackin' crazy to sit outside at night in April for baseball. (Hell, it snowed the day before Opening Day. Like, a LOT of snow . . . and heavy, wet snow, too, not some light dusting.)
I'm going to a game in June, with the assumption that the weather will actually be nice by then. Although by that point we will probably be mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.