It’s time to take a quick time out from football to talk a bit about what happened yesterday in the world of baseball.
I know baseball isn’t the most popular subject, and frankly that’s a cryin’ shame. How can you not love baseball? Especially in October?
It’s concentration. It’s coordination. It’s pressure. It’s heroism. It’s endurance.
Each team is capitalizing on the others’ weaknesses; each manager is using careful strategy to gain any advantage possible. Pitchers and batters duel—each trying to stay one mental step ahead of the other.
It’s a beautiful game.
And yesterday was a big day. The Tampa Bay Rays closed out the Chicago White Sox to continue their historic season, and the Boston Red Sox eliminated the Anaheim Angels on the backs of Jason Bay’s double and Jed Lowrie’s game winning RBI single to left field.
So now the Rays will host the BoSox in the ALCS, and the Dodgers and Phillies will meet in the NLCS.
Who are you going for?
Personally, since I really have no allegiance to any team, I was rooting for the Chicago Cubs. It’s a shame they suck and completely wasted their season (again) and got swept in the playoffs.
Now, and after watching last night’s game, I am solidly behind the Red Sox. What can I say? It’s hard not to like Pedroia, Youkilis, Bay, Drew, Varitek and of course Big Papi. My favorite Red Sock, though, has to be Jonathan Papelbon, Boston’s very animated closer. In fact I bought “Shipping up to Boston” by the Dropkick Murphys last night on iTunes in his honor.
Although I admit, I would like to see the Dodgers do well so Joe Torre can rub it in the face of the Yankee front office morons that let him go. (I wonder how they feel, in hindsight, about their decision to bring on Joe Girardi? I guess they’ll have a loooooong offseason to think about it.)
More than any one team, though, I’m a fan of baseball. And now is a great time to jump on the bandwagon.