I have always heard there was a home field advantage at Coors field. Whether it was background noise from Kruk explaining why Reuter should have kept the ball down on a Giants telecast or Chris Berman making a comment or two in between the "BACKBAKBEKS" on Sportscenter, I never really thought anything of it and filed it away in under the "generallybelieved _commonknowledge" folder.
Today however, after reading Grant's Giants/Rockies Series Preview post while shoveling a BBQ sandwich in my face at lunch, I asked myself the question, "What home team advantage?". I have done ZERO research and am just going with my gut on this one and it may be the stupidest question since, "Does Brian Wilson dye his beard?", but I'll take my chances.
I contend that there is no such thing. It is not a phenomenon, but rather a myth. I back my claim pre or post humidor and under the rational thinking that there is no "light/heavy ball conspiracy" going on.
Here is my argument:
- Doesn't the visiting team get to hit too? The playing field is the same for both teams.(Pitcher vs.hitter steroid argument style)
- I can see an potential advantage for the Giants at AT&T because it is a big park and they have good pitching, but that same type of logic doesn't apply to Coors.
- Didn't the Giants just play a game on the road last night with 80 degree temps and wind blowing out to center? How did that one turn out for the home team?
Looking forward to your comments.