Yesterday the Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays squared off in Grape Fruit League action that saw them end in a 6-6 tie. All though the game had some positive signs like JD Martinez getting his first couple hits and a RBI in doing so, the game still left a sour taste in my mouth. Everyone knows the saying “ending in a tie is like kissing your sister”, as twisted as that is, it is true.
Believe me I know it is only Spring Training and the games don’t mean anything but the point still stands. No game should end in a tie. Period. Fans don’t pay to see a game end in a tie that want a win or a loss especially in Spring Training because half the reason spring training is so long is for the fan experience! Ya, you can say it is for the managers to see what they young prospects have to offer, which is true, but in today’s world everything is on video, Scouts are everywhere, interacting with people world wide is as easy as typing a few words on your phone. Managers don’t need Spring Training to know who will be in the Opening Day lineup. A huge part of it is for the fans.
I know this early it is hard because usually by the 6th inning all the starters are out of the game and you have all the Double-A and Triple-A guys getting their work in, so come the 9 and so on the bench will already be running thin. Not saying I know the answer because I don’t think it is that easy to solve, maybe it is starting the 10th with a runner on second or maybe it is allowing the manager to pick who leads off the 10th inning. I don’t know! All I am saying is that no game should end in a tie and that is plain and simple!
–Kevin Perdios (@Perdios95)