Alienating The Fanbase

Greetings from The Booth!

It’s a great time to be a Hornet. Shenandoah University Women’s Basketball are the ODAC Champs after completing a 3-day run through the conference tournament this past weekend, taking down the 5, 1, and 2 seeds on the way to the crown. Sunday’s win against Randolph-Macon gave SU a 22-5 mark, which is the best in program history. Now it’s on to Lexington, Kentucky this Friday to play another Virginia team, Southern Virginia, in the first round of the NCAA tournament. It’s been a fun ride–let’s hope it lasts a little longer.

Meanwhile the nationally-ranked Hornet baseball team is off to a 7-1 start, and are number 18 in the country as of this writing. Death, taxes, and Shenandoah Baseball. Get out to the newly-renovated Bridgeforth  Field for a game or two this Spring and cheer on one of the best programs in the country.

Speaking of baseball, it’s not a great time to be a fan. Once again, MLB and the players are at odds as we head into the 2022 season. That season will probably not start on time, due to the bogged-down talks between the two sides. I’m probably being simplistic, but this is about MONEY. It always is. In the COVID year of 2020, the players showed their greed while the owners paid them for playing in front of no one. In 2021, limited crowds were allowed back into the ballparks, but MLB got political by moving the All-Star Game from Atlanta to Colorado, in effect hurting lots of people and surrounding businesses in already tough times. In each of those years, my passion for the game eroded.

This year, MLB may have lost me for good, and that’s saying something. I have always come back to baseball. Through the strikes, steroid era, and my general interest in other things, I have always kissed and made up with the grand old game. I’m not so sure I can do that again. While the National’s Juan Soto says no to a $350 million offer from the team to stay with the ballclub, the average fan is struggling to put gas in his vehicle and food on the table. How much is enough?

I’m not sure MLB knows that it is facing a crisis. Baseball’s demographic is traditionally older and is shrinking. A youthful, time-starved America has little time for the pastoral game of baseball, while older fans like me are being turned off by the constant bickering between billionaires and millionaires.

For Major League Baseball, it’s the bottom of the ninth, and they’re down to their last strike.

Until the next visit from The Booth…GO HORNET LADIES!





Sports: Thursday, August 19, 2021

Nats Power Past Blue Jays, Tampa Doubles Up O’s, NFL Preseason Week 3 Begins Tonight

Home runs by Juan Soto and Josh Bell highlighted the Washington Nationals’ 8-5 win over Toronto yesterday in DC. Bell’s 3-run blast in the 7th inning was the go-ahead homer, and snapped a 10-game stretch without a home run, his longest of the season. Josiah Gray pitched 6 innings for the Nats, while Mason Thompson recorded his first career win. The Nationals are off today, before starting a weekend series against Milwaukee.

The Baltimore Orioles were doubled up by Tampa Bay 8-4 last night. The Rays collected 12 hits off of Baltimore pitching in dropping the Birds to 38-81 on the season. Maikel Franco had 2 hits for the O’s, who try to avoid the sweep today against Tampa Bay at 1:10.

Week 3 of the NFL Preseason gets underway tonight as the Philadelphia Eagles entertain the New England Patriots at 7:30. The Washington Football Team hosts Cincinnati tomorrow night at 8, while the Baltimore Ravens travel to Carolina Saturday night at 7.

And, the Fall sports season gets underway at Shenandoah University Saturday when Men’s Soccer hosts Hagerstown Community College. The Hornets open their 2021 football season Saturday, September 4th, when they entertain Methodist University. SU football play-by-play can once again be heard this season on The River 95-3.

Sports: Tuesday, July 13, 2021

VBL Resumes, Alonso Wins HR Derby, Johnson Withdraws From Open

The Valley Baseball League got back to action last night after Sunday’s All-Star Game, as Front Royal edged Strasburg 14-13. Purcellville nipped Woodstock 2-1, while New Market at Winchester was postponed.

Tonight in the VBL, games include Winchester at Purcellville and Strasburg at New Market.

MLB is on it’s All-Star Break, and the New York Mets’ Pete Alonso was the winner of last nigh’t Home Run Derby for the second year in a row. Alonso hit a total of 74 homers at Denver’s Coors Field, the longest of them 514 feet, as he defeated the Orioles’ Trey Mancini 23-22 in the final round. The Nationals’ Juan Soto competed, and was able to advance to the third round. Tonight’s Mid-Summer Classic is set for 7:30.

And, Zach Johnson has withdrawn from this week’s British Open after testing positive for the coronavirus. The withdrawal ends a streak of 69 consecutive majors for Johnson, who won the Claret Jug in 2015. The British Open is returning after not being played last year because of the pandemic.

Sports: Thursday, July 8, 2021

VBL Results, Nats Rout Padres, Jays Pound O’s

In the Valley Baseball League last night, Front Royal silenced Purcellville 11-4, Winchester routed Woodstock 14-6, while Charolttesville and Staunton were also winners.

Tonight’s VBL slate has Front Royal hosting Strasburg, Winchester heading to Purcellville, and New Market entertaining Woodstock.

The Washington Nationals got out to a 10-0 lead against San Diego, and cruised to a 15-5 road win last night. The Nats pounded out 17 hits against Padres’ pitching, including 3 by Josh Bell, while Juan Soto, Josh Harrison, and Starlin Castro all drove in 3 runs. Patrick Corbin pitched 6 innings of stress-free, 2-run baseball to get the win for the Nationals, who take on San Diego tonight starting at 8:40 on Sports radio 1450.

The Toronto Blue Jays collected 15 hits on the way to as 10-2 win over Baltimore last night. The O’s and Jays meet again tonight at 7:05 at Camden Yards.

At Wimbledon, top-seed Novak Djokovic won his quarterfinal match, while 6-seed Roger Federer was upset.

And, tampa Bay won the NHL Stanley Cup last night with a 1-0 shutout win over Montreal. The Lightning won the series 4 games to 1.