Baseball is about expectations. As a fan you hope to see your team play brilliantly and win. So, we went to watch our team, the San Francisco Giants battle the Atlanta Braves last night under an almost full moon in the City by the Bay. Great seats, food and company–what could go wrong? Well, the Giants played poorly and lost. But there is a very good reason for the less than stellar performance—it’s called fatigue. The major league baseball season is long…162 regular season games that when coupled with spring training and playoffs make it possible for one individual to play 200 games in one season. The toll on joints is incredible. Players twist ankles, or they get hit with 93 mph fastballs that break thumbs and wrists. And they do all this playing with little time off. But fans go to the game without factoring in player fatigue.
Expectations are increased because the financial investment for a fan is high: cost of transportation, parking at the game, the tickets and the food. So, how does the fan who only takes in a few games a year deal with defeat? Catch the next game on television—in fact, it’s on in a few hours!