I'm slightly amused by your back and forth with him, but honestly the dude is missing the boat entirely. Nostalgia/emotional argument is old, played out, and not even what 99% of us are arguing.
Yes. He misses the point. It was gonna happen sometime, but it's not right for this season. He can't get through his thick skull why I'm trying to project. Yes, we will all miss Smitty. It sucks. It has to happen eventually, but the timing is off. Period.