Following the Los Angeles Dodgers’ loss in Game 2 of the World Series, former Dodgers first baseman Steve Garvey did the expected. He blamed millennials.
Specifically, Garvey blamed millennial baseball, lamenting the fact that Los Angeles has scored only one run via something other than a home run.
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“Still we’ve only had one run scored that was manufactured. It’s millennial. This is millennial baseball right now. You get up, you take a big swing, you strike out. You don’t try to get the runners over very often. Nobody bunts. Nobody hit-and-runs. We’re a team that has to get guys on and we got five hits. I mean, six runs and five hits is what you call efficiency, except if you lose.”
There’s something to be said for this. Small ball tends to be a little more conducive towards winning in the World Series. At least it has been recently. Although, six runs on five hits is not a bad thing. In the long run, that kind of efficiency will serve the team well. In this case, Los Angeles is also battling a similarly constructed opponent.
The Dodgers lost Game 2 because their normally reliable bullpen couldn’t hold a lead. That may not be as trendy as blaming millennials. But it’s a lot closer to the problem.
We certainly hope that Garvey isn’t too bothered by the Dodgers going for the fences. With the next three games at the lively Minute Maid Park, it doesn’t figure to change any time soon.