Perhaps you’ve seen the story that ESPN’s Michael Wilbon left Sunday’s Chicago Cubs game early and therefore missed David Bote’s walk-off grand slam against the Washington Nationals. That is, ahem, not so grand.
The “time-I-missed-a-great-sports-ending” storyline is a fun one. It can even make for movie magic. You don’t have to like the Boston Red Sox to appreciate the “I gotta see about a girl” scene from “Good Will Hunting.” It’s a classic. (RIP Robin Williams.)
My wife, a Nashville native, was in the process of leaving the Tennessee Titans’ stadium with her parents as the Music City Miracle occurred. The roar of the crowd – and the scene on the concourse TVs – brought them running back to their section, and they celebrated accordingly. She’ll never live that down with me. That was her “time-I-missed-a-great-sports-ending” moment.
I can’t claim nearly as great a story of my own (which is why I shared hers in the first place). The moment that comes to mind most immediately happened a few years ago when the Orioles hit two grand slams in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat the Kansas City Royals. We left during the top of the inning because of our kids and missed both home runs. I’m sure there are plenty of tales – including Michael Wilbon’s – that involve the blaming of children.
So what’s your story? Which Baltimore sporting event do you regret leaving early? And who is to blame?