I've been a baseball fan my entire life. I've been known to keep score at games, carry the binoculars, listen to the radio, and manage the game from the stands. I've been known to play fantasy baseball (and win my league all the time, because it's all about using math to get solid players in trades for over valued marquee players) and I've been known to drop everything when a friend says, "Hey, I have an extra ticket to the game tonight, can you be ready to leave in twenty minutes?"
However, my love affair with baseball has diminished over the last decade.
I guess the steroid abuse, the strike, and Scott Boras have driven me away from baseball as much as the increased responsibilities which have made my free time more valuable and limited. I still care about the game, though, and I still watch games a few times a month (down from a record high of several times a week, keeping score and referring to the Baseball Prospectus between innings).
I know a lot of other once-faithful fans who are as disillusioned with baseball as I am, but I have this great idea (which has nothing at all to do with me being a Dodger fan, I swear, really,) to restore our faith in the game: for the rest of the season, whenever Barry* comes to the plate, every single team in Major League Baseball pitches around him, regardless of the game situation. When he is finally forced out of the game for being a lying sack of shit and a cheater, Hank Aaron's record finally falls to someone with class who earned the title.
It's the perfect plan. Bulletproof, really. [mustache twirl]