One of my favorite moments of 1x09 is when Mike says to Ginny that he is sorry that her poster boy let her down. I feel like it's been an underrated scene so far. He knows he is Ginny's teenaged idol and someone she looks up to. She was the one who convinced Mike that he needed to go out and play one last time, because he deserved it. Then infortunately it didn't turn out well. And Mike feels sorry not for himself but for Ginny. Adorable human disaster.
yeah i think it was both really?
idk mike’s always been this dominant figure in the game and he’s always known what to do and how to hit the ball and get the runs; so to stand there and not swing??? i think he’d be beating himself up pretty damn badly. even more so when it’s his last bat for the team he actually wants to be on, and where he wants to stay
and when you consider mike’s, “i gave my life to this game,” line, it really drives home that narrative of, this game is everything and he knows, lives and breathes it. to not be able to swing and just stand there… mike would seriously be feeling some heavy shit then
so while i think ginny played a good part of him beating himself up, i think the larger part was himself really