Thursday, October 30, 2008

Congrats to the Phillies

First of all, Wow! Dawn. That was the best comment I've ever had. Very well thought out and, I think, pretty "spot on." I think I agree with all of it. Ultimately, I'd rather see Papi healthy, but we have to do what we have to do. Like I said in a previous post, I'm a Red Sox fan first. There are players that I love with all my heart (my jersey that I picked for my Red Sox Destinations trip was Tek's), but I want the team to win. In this day and age, I am learning to not get too attached to players. Especially with El Diablo Scot Boras running the show. Anyway, thanks, Dawn for those insights.

You, too, Ted. I always appreciate your comments, too. Don't want you to feel slighted, there.

So, here we are. This is the time of year that I love/hate all at the same time. Baseball is over. I love the season of Autumn, the cooler temperatures, the changing colors, etc. But baseball is over. That makes me sad. I sit around, wistfully thinking about being at games, either at Rangers Ballpark or Fenway Park. Dear Lord, even thinking about being at Fenway Park gives me goosebumps. I've been there two season in a row, and I still get all giddy at the prospect of going back. What is it about that place? Some would say it's just a baseball stadium. My reaction to a statement like that would not be pretty. That would be like saying a Rolls Royce is just a car. Or a Steinway is just a piano. (I've played a Steinway. It intimidated the crap out of me. I was playing an $86,000 piano. I'm serious. I didn't make that up.) Fenway Park is magic. Bill Simmons says it's haunted. I couldn't get our tour guide to offer an opinion about that. But Ted would, I'm sure, back me up when I say that there is definitely something special about that place. In fact, I think I just decided that that's where I want to be when Jesus comes back. Yeah. What better way to end it all? Go from heaven on earth to the real thing.

I don't even know how I got off on that tangent...

So, the Phillies have won it. I'm glad about that. I wonder if the Rays fans will be whining about the conditions. Tough bounce. It is Philadelphia in practically November. Yeah, it's cold. Duh. You knew this gig was tough when you signed up for it.

However, it brings to mind the idea that MLB needs to maybe have some kind of backup plan for the WS in just such situations as this. The NFL has their Super Bowl in a predetermined location each year. Baseball could do that, but it's different. You have potentially seven games of WS play (unless the Sox are in it) and only one Super Bowl game. What if the team that normally plays in that stadium got in the series? They would have home field advantage for the whole thing. You could wait until the playoffs are set to pick the stadium. (Or you could just pick Rangers Ballpark every year... ROFL!!!) about this?? MLB builds a stadium somewhere in the south that is for World Series games ONLY!!! Build a huge theme park around it. People who could afford a trip to the World Series would get admission to the theme park with their WS ticket.

I know. Crazy idea. And most fans would not support such a scheme. After all, what better thing than to see your team play in a World Series game in their home stadium?

But this whole thing of having to delay a game for two whole days is pretty crazy, too. And with the best teams in baseball typically being in the Northeast, gets cold in them parts in October.

When do they announce MVPs and ROYs and stuff? Soon, I hope. I know one thing. Cliff Lee better get a Cy Young award. Oh, wait. Brandon Webb won 22 games, too! Hmm...that complicates things a little doesn't it? But Lee had the second best ERA in the majors.

Well, I've rambled enough for one day. I gotta go back to pretending to work for about another hour. I'll be back in a couple days, probably, to let you know what I thought of Blue Highways by William Least Heat-Moon.

TTFN, y'all!


~**Dawn**~ said...

Just call me long-winded. ;-) I wonder if I can make it brief this time. Here goes...

1. Scott Boras may well be the anti-Christ. How did Tek wind up with him again??

2. I have no problem with how the World Series was played. For once, I agreed with Commissioner Doofus: the World Series games will not be weather-shortened because every one of them needs to be a 9-inning contest. Period. As for location/climate? I don't feel bad AT ALL. I remember Youk, the human sweat machine, in a parka between innings in Colorado last year. (And if YOUK is cold, well... yeah.) I think it's part of home field advantage! The Rays had their stupid dome with their maddening catwalks and those God-forsaken cowbells. The Phillies had a hitter's park & some October chill! That's the way it goes. I didn't see an empty ball park! I personally am against a pre-determined Super Bowl location. how is that fair to the fans in Green Bay? Pittsburgh? Buffalo?Only the warm weather locations & domes get to host the big game? Nonsense!

3. Rookies of the Year - Nov 10
NL Cy Young - Nov 11
Managers of the Year - Nov 12
AL Cy Young - Nov 13
NL MVP - Nov 17
AL MVP - Nov 18

4. 102 days (and some hours) til pitchers & catchers report!!