NNNOOOOO!!!! (Olympics, baseball, and TV)
I’m in a sports quandry. I LOVE the Olympics. But the Diamondbacks are in the midst of a battle to stay on top of the N.L. West, fending off the newly-traded Manny Ramirez and the L.A. Dodgers. What to watch? What to watch? Plus, our dumb remote is broken, so it’s not even easy to flip back and forth between channels. Must get a new remote.
Martin and I had decided that, for the first year of our marriage, we would have no TV — which was a good decision. It also meant that we went to movies a LOT, but that’s another story. We actually went for more than a year and a half without a TV. After our one-year anniversary, we did get ourselves one for Christmas, but then it got stolen two weeks later, and we chose not to replace it. But, then came July and the 1996 summer Olympics, and we found ourselves eating out every night — at a hole-in-the-wall pizza and wings place with a couple of TVs, just to watch Olympics. After four or five days of that, Martin suggested, “Why don’t we just get a TV?” So, we did.
I’ve already told the boys that, under no circumstances, until the Olympics are over, are they to request any other television viewing. I’ve bent a little — Audrey usually gets a show on Noggin in the morning, and in the mid-afternoon, the only time of day when there are no Olympic events on (or perhaps, just boxing on MSNBC, of which I’m not really fond), I usually let the boys watch a show of their choosing.
I just love sports. I also love to see all the competitors from all over the world. I love to see events that one doesn’t typically get to view. I love rooting for the U.S. competitors, of course… but I also love the underdog. There was some whitewater paddling event yesterday — I just caught the tail end of it — and a guy from Togo took the bronze. It was the FIRST medal for that tiny African country, ever. I cried. I’m serious. Tears welled up, and I was SO happy for him, and for all of Togo.
Yet, I still love baseball. It’s my favorite sport — right now, we’re hoping that the U.S. baseball team can rally here in the 9th and overcome the 5-6 deficit to Korea. Combining Olympics and baseball is ideal, but it doesn’t usually work out like that. Monday was good, because the Diamondbacks had an off day, so there was no conflict. But, our evenings have been spent, since Friday, flipping back and forth (slowly — no remote, remember?) between Olympics and Diamondbacks coverage.
The Diamondbacks have a narrow lead over the rest of the National League West. I keep hoping for them to return to the dominance they had in April and early May. So far, that hasn’t happened, but at least their July and August weren’t as horrible as June.
I’m big on defense and pitching, at which the D’backs do excel… but after the Dodgers acquired Manny Ramirez, and they’ve gone on a TEAR since he joined the team, big guys with bats suddenly look a little more appealing. So when the Diamondbacks traded three, unnamed minor leaguers for Adam Dunn from the Reds, I was pretty happy.
But, today, I read both in the morning paper and on the Diamondbacks’ website that one of the minor leaguers to be traded appears to be my favorite, Micah Owings. NNOOOO!! Up until July 29th, Owings wasn’t a minor leaguer, but while we were on vacation, and not keeping an eye on the team’s happenings, the D’backs sent him down to AAA Tucson. 😦 Even though Owings is 6-9 on the season with a 5.93 ERA, I STILL like him, and I still had/have great hopes for him. I saw his skid as just indicative of how the whole of the team have played over the summer — yeah, the pitcher’s efforts count for a great deal, but so does both the defensive backup behind the pitcher, and run support given by the offense. Also, I think the team needed to consider developing Owings into a position player, since he did play shortstop in college, and in the bigs, he had a .313 batting average over 69 games, which is phenomenal. Even just taking this season’s .288 into consideration, he’s the third-best, behind Conor Jackson and the now-injured (and out for the season) Orlando Hudson.
They shouldn’t have traded him.
(And the U.S. Olympic team did rally in the top of the 9th, to lead 7-6, but then Korea took the lead back and won it in the bottom of the 9th. Bummer.)