West Chester, PA
Male - 30 Years Old
They take the fun out of it for you. Saying it takes the fun out of it is a complete blanket statement. Sabermetrics and advanced baseball stats has only made my love for the game of baseball grown exponentially since I first fell into them in 2007. In fact, the advanced stats of all sports (basketball, hockey, etc) improve my enjoyment of the games infinitely.
And when I watch a game, I don't watch it with a sabermetric eye, either. I watch the game because it's entertaining, because of the match up's between pitchers and hitters, because of the raw talent on the fields and the chance to see something like the A's come back to win the division, Cabrera winning three categories that seem arbitrarily chosen now, but still MEAN something to anyone who's ever watched/loved the sport. The stat stuff is for me to enjoy away from the games. To say that the stats take the fun out of it is just a personal opinion, however. It may detract from the fun you have discussing baseball -- and I'd argue you're talking to the wrong stat nerds because I know you and i will disagree on things like this but I'm fine with that; I've a very deferential stat nerd -- but it adds to many other's enjoyment of the game.
The endless debates are ridiculously dumb, I'll grant you that. Says I after a long ass post contributing to said debate.
Same. If anything, the more I learn, the more there is to appreciate.