What’s Your Favorite Kind of Baseball Game?

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What’s your favorite kind of baseball game? Assuming you have some interest in the outcome of the game itself, what are you prepared to give up three to four hours for the sake of learning the final result?

(1) High Drama (Game 5 of the 2017 World Series occurs as a model): Lot’s of action; high and low moments; lead changes; power and small ball figuring variously into the same plane; good pitching and  big plays, both good and bad; notable errors; and finishing on a dramatic walk-off hit as a high stakes victory.

(2) Pitchers’ Duel: Two pitchers match each other for at least five innings in their pursuits of perfect games or no-nos. If either one makes it, you get to wear your “I Was There” button forever.

(3) Small Ball Bonanza: Two clubs show up to demonstrate the fine art of small ball play in a game which stresses the vanishing talents for getting on base, base running, men-on-base defensive pitching, and the ongoing pursuit of fielder positioning and relay throw perfection.

(4) Bomber Ball:  The stuff of McGwire, Sosa, and Bonds in the modern era. Draw a walk — hit a homer — ad nauseum. Detailed pitcher assignments prevail and the 100 pitch count is the rule on starters. It’s your club’s job to bomb the other team more often than they do your guys.

(5) Other: If you have a name and description for the kind of game you prefer watching that doesn’t quite fit our four descriptors, please name and describe it for us as a post-column comment. – Also, please use the comment section to let us know if any of our four described game types comes close to being your favorite style of play.

Thanks. ~ And we’ll see you tonight in spirit at the Astros’ home opener with the Oakland As.

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

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7 Responses to “What’s Your Favorite Kind of Baseball Game?”

  1. Tom Hunter Says:

    When I go to a baseball game, I always hope to see good pitching (preferably a no-hitter) and outstanding defense as well as high drama, but not home run derby.

  2. Fred Soland Says:

    The Pitcher’s duel has always been my favorite. They typically involve the most strategy, the tension is constant and immense, and it makes you sit tight in your seat because you don’t want to chance missing something.

  3. Gregory Wolf Says:

    Pitchers’ Duel — no doubt about it.

  4. Rick B. Says:

    I’d like to see a Harvey Haddix-Lew Burdette style pitching duel: a perfect game for 12 innings, both pitchers going the distance, and an ‘oops’-style ending in which only one run scores on what should have been a 3-run homer.

  5. Shirley Virdon Says:

    Well, I can’t say that I prefer one over another—–I like all of them! The variety is what makes baseball THE Best of all the professional games! The talent it takes in each of the scenarios you described is why so many people have enjoyed the game for so many years! Just wish the “powers that be” would quit messing with the rules—–This game does not need to be changed—It has stood the test of time!

  6. don matlosz Says:

    Small ball. Baseball is now a science not an art. Throwing the opposition of balance.Greater risk. Drag bunts-sacrifice bunts-stolen bases-delayed steals-hit and run. Most important put the ball in play. 10 Ks a game is boring. I no longer follow MLB. Prefer AAA baseballGive me a Wade Boggs or Barry Bonds at bats

  7. Michael McCroskey Says:

    Very hard to beat game 5 of the World Series. Back and forth, extra innings, both teams mounting come backs, and the good guys pull it out in the end. 13-12 definitely not a pitcher’s duel (and I used to really enjoy J.R. vs Tommy John); but definitely one of the greatest games ever!

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