Crowd Participation: Would You Rather Allow The Game-Winning Home Run Or Make The Game-Losing Error?

New York Mets v Chicago Cubs

A few months ago, you were asked if you would rather be crossed over or dunked on. The response, as on all things TSFJ, was more than expected, leaving no doubt that the first edition of Crowd Participation provided comedy as well as food for thought.

Now, considering that the unofficial second half of the MLB season begins today, it’s time to bring the debate to the diamond.

Think back to your time in Little League or those all-day affairs you had with your friends, when every kid with the bat in her or his hand tried her or his best Ken Griffey Jr. impressions. Think of that time you struck out the one kid you couldn’t stand because he called his shot every time you pitched. Think about the time you robbed your older brother of a double out on that muddy left field (and you might have had on a perfectly white shirt until you went for the ball). And reminisce over the one home run you ever hit in your career – mine was just over the “short porch” right field fence in the little kiddie playground back in ’93.

Triumphant times, right? Well, baseball is the most humbling game in all of sports, and unless Miguel Cabrera is reading this (what up), it’s probably not a stretch to say that those great moments were brief flashes for a few and happy accidents for the rest of us.

Considering that a bulk of the most faux pas in baseball happen on the field or on the mound rather than in the batter’s box, today’s Crowd Participation eliminates some of the soul-crushing moments such as looking at the greatest curveball in your life pass you by or whiffing at a pitch you had no business swinging at.

In this case, really think about it: Would you rather allow the game-winning home run or have the error that essentially lost the game?

6 Replies to “Crowd Participation: Would You Rather Allow The Game-Winning Home Run Or Make The Game-Losing Error?”

  1. No question about it, I’d rather give up a homer than make the error. Sometimes you get bested by a power hitter. Happens. But to MAKE AN ERROR — a play you should make — is way worse. Put it this way … would you rather be Bill Buckner or Brad Lidge? I’d take Lidge every day of the week.

  2. yeah this is an easy one, give up the HR… soometimes you can make a great pitch and a batter makes a better swing, you tip your cap and keep it moving. Whereas with an error that is all on you… you did something that was preventable that cause a mishap in the game *looks at glove and kicks dirt*

  3. Donnie Moore though… Giving up a home run can be downright tragic. Then there’s Fred Snodgrass who made an error in the 1912 World Series and never really recovered. Man. Neither is good. I’ll say home run for reasons the other two already articulated.

  4. Devil’s advocate: You shook off the catcher, who seems to remember a lot more about what the hitter likes than you. You still threw junk thinking that your grit and guile would give you the edge. The hitter laughs at you, parks the ball somewhere else, and takes your significant other.

    A… ha.

    Isn’t that as much of a mental error – one of arrogance and/or stupidity – as misplaying the pop-up?

    1. Nope. Not even close. Because even if you throw a meatball, the odds of someone hitting a home run are extremely slim. This isn’t even close. Committing an error in baseball is the most singular mistake you can make on the diamond, period, and it’s preventable 100 percent of the time by making the play. That’s why it’s called an error. It’s an error, a mistake, something bad. It’s in the definition of the word. There is no devil’s advocate here.

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