I am an East Coast Giants fan. I have rooted for them since 1962 and they are a very significant part of my life and my family. Before ESPN, and constant running updates on the bottom of the TV screen, I would listen for scores on the radio hoping the announcers wouldn't skip the west coast scores as not very important to the self-important folks populating the New York metropolitan area. Before the internet, I suffered from delayed reporting and before all that I had to wait for the afternoon edition of newspapers (remember those things?). Sometimes I would doubt the veracity of the news- I mean no reporter cared enough to make sure the score was correctly reported at least they certainly didn't care near as much as I did.
Because I now subscribe to MLB.TV and Extra Innings, sometimes leaving my laptop or channel changer near my bedside to check what is occurring when I awaken from my fractured sleep, errors in results are no longer possible. I can rely on the truth of where we stand because I have visual proof. Or so I thought. When I check in during my frequent sleep interruptions, I can get back to sleep, easily if the Giants are winning, less so if they are behind. After Friday I am not sure how I will react in the future.
This brings me to Friday night's Cain/Hudson matchup. I retire when its still scoreless. My first sleep interruption update sees the Gmen have laid a six spot on Hudson followed by a 2 run homer making it 6-2. I drift off to sleep but awaken sometime later to see the Braves have scored 5 runs and lead 7-6 in the 6th inning. Somehow I drift back to sleep in a very depressed state of mind. During my next wake up (I sleep fitfully all year round but especially so during May through October) I need to decide whether I wish to look even though I have little will power to not do so. I hate the thought of trying to sleep knowing we have blown a six run lead and lost the first two games of a four game series at home. I am just not as happy following a loss as I am following a win, no matter what the signifigance for the season.
I look (as I always do). My eyes are not focusing well, it looks like Giants 8 Braves 2 which makes no sense. Yet it is and, as the commercial goes, I heard it on the internet it must be true. All's right with the world, the Giants win, go on to take the series, etc, etc.
The problem that now appears on my horizon is how am I going to trust my frequent nightly look-ins anymore? My dreams are now haunting my waking life! Something to ponder during the road trip. Any suggestions from the savvy contributers here are most welcome.