In a game that can be this tense, where every pitch and swing and sign and steal can fluctuate your heart rate, there's always ample room for second-guessing. Major League Baseball has a long season of long games, and the playoffs are longer games that can make you start to break out in hives.
If your team loses, there's what-ifs: What if he didn't sit on that hanging curve? What if 3-2 pitch on the black was called a strike? What if the manager brought in the lefty to face the lefty?
If your team wins, there's what-ifs: What if we can't re-sign him (Cardinals fans know this one)? What if we can't contend now that our division stocked up and there's a bulls eye on our backs?
Baseball's a throwback sport, an old-school game with old-school rules (instant replay debate, anyone?) and old-school powers (Red Sox, Yankees) who command the most attention. And what's more old-school in America than armchair-managing with hindsight as your sidekick?
It's a true pastime of ours, and these are the grandest moments for which we do so.