Tagged: Tigers

Grab a Tiger by the Tail

9:35pm  As promised, here is the answer to the new Blob office bowl o’ chocolates pop quiz:  The most popular chocolate among the mini Butterfinger, Baby Ruth and Crunch is….
BABY RUTH!  Running a less than close 2nd place…Crunch.  karinct is absolutely right about the chocolately goodness (or lack thereof) of the Nestles chocolate, especially vs. the Hershey’s chocolate.  And running a very distant 3rd…Butterfinger.  They overwhelmed the half-emptied bowl…and because I didn’t want them to be all by themselves and lonely…I ate about 8 of them…you’ll see them on the WB Mason Postgame tonight…a couple will be in my 3rd chin, and when my top button pops off my jacket, you’ll know where the others went!

As I sit here preparing to watch the Yankees-Tigers wrap their series in Detroit, with the Yankees potentially leaving town taking two of three, my thoughts are re-directed to grabbing a tiger of my own by the tail …

It never ceases to amaze my how two people can read exactly the same thing and come to completely different conclusions about what was written. I refer to last night’s Blob, Listen To The Man With Lots of Gas. I urge you to read it and then see with which commenter you agree (and, by the way, I appreciate ALL comments … freedom of opinion!)

d.schilero said, “I think you’re missing something here – when you WIN you have fun –
when you lose it is not fun – very simple. Yankee fans want to win!
What I feel is missing is not taking each at bat seriously – that means
going up and THINKING about how they can hit to make something happen.
I realize you are not going to get a homerun every time you bat but so
many times all they needed was a fly ball – make contact. That is what
the old, winning Yankees always did – they knew how to make things
happen. Also what a lot of people are also missing is that the league
has changed and there are other teams that are better than before – it
is not just the Yankees and Red Sox and there is also no guarantee that
there are going to be two teams from the East in the playoffs. So
please don’t minimize things by saying they just have to have fun!”

fran0322 said, “Bob, I agree with you about this team needing to relax and have
fun. But the newspapers and talk radio personalities make every loss
seem like a major crisis and a lot of the fans just buy into it. It is
a long season and people have to realize that teams lose games.
Everyone just needs to calm down.”

Now, here’s the deal. I think if you read that Blob, and the comments, you know I agree with fran0322. d.schilero brings up some great points in the mid-section about having to have better at-bats, making contact, making things happen. I agree. But I in NO WAY minimized their problems by suggesting they have fun, as if that would cure all their ills. It won’t.

Let me see if I can draw a comparison. If you had a job where everybody around you beat you down and yelled at you EVERY DAY and told you how bad you were at your job versus a job where you DIDN’T have to hear that every single day, where those around you didn’t panic and scream, but gave you some latitude to do your job and work things out … which job would YOU prefer? And at which job do you think you’d be more productive and have better results? I think the answer is pretty obvious, no? 

When it’s made a simple as “winning is fun and losing is no fun”… well, of course that’s the case. Who likes to lose? But, no team is going to go 162-0. It’s just reality. So, after some losses where your team is brutal, you kick ’em in the can … when they lose a hard-fought game, you don’t. You don’t hand-wring and yell and point fingers if they give an honest effort.  There are some of those games, too. But, I get the impression that, no matter what kind of loss it is, there are some fans smashing furniture and kickin’ housecats in their misery (figuratively speaking, not literally … I hope).

I really hope this Blob clarifies what I mean. If not, fire away … again, freedom of opinion!

Now, some housekeeping
For those wondering if writer/researcher/web sensation Glenn Giangrande watched “Groundhog Day” in the allotted week’s time I gave him, the answer is a resounding yes. Glenn watched it and said he enjoyed it, although I don’t think it made his top 10 list. Meanwhile, from one of my first Blobs, the studio crew at that time DID watch “Jeepers Creepers,” but as yet has not screened “Jeepers Creepers 2”, although spurred on by this Blob, perhaps they will.

And I added some new chocolates into the rotation on my office coffee table. This past week I filled the bowl previously occupied with Hershey’s Miniatures (Krackel is the favorite) with the delectable trio of mini Butterfinger, Baby Ruth and Nestle Crunch bars. So, once again, pop quiz … which of those three was the favorite? The answer later tonight in Wednesday’s Blob, Part Deux …