Well the baseball season is coming to an end and I will be without the comfort of the Dan Dickerson and Jim Price calling the games from the radio as I putter around the apartment. What a miserable season for a Tigers fan. Nothing went right. We lost Pudge. The pitching, a problem before, collapsed this season. The bats gathered in the off season promised big things for the team. Those high hopes were dashed in the first week as the Tigers never seemed to leave spring training. Next year just seems like so much more pain.
But the season has brought out some surprises and the playoffs may prove to be a season-saver for the game. For the first time in over a decade there will not be a New York team in the post-season which can only please a baseball fan. Two long suffering teams who have flirted with the playoffs spots for the last couple years will make a triumphant appearances; the Phils and the Cubs.
Both Chicago teams will be represented. The White Sox squeaking in at the very last moment. I am, of course, pulling for the Cubs who need at least one title a century, but the White Sox picked up the finest ball player of the last period, Ken Griffey Jr. Griffey may be past his prime, but his quick throwout at the plate to win the post season proves why he is still potent.
Baseball may be the last bastion of civilization in Late Imperial America. That doesn’t prevent evil from creeping in every now and then and this year sees two expansion teams make the post-season. The LA Angels (both LA teams will also go this year) and the Tampa Bay Rays are teams to beat. Boston will have their hands full and it will be fun to see the buffoon Ramirez potentially suit up against his erstwhile comrades.
My wish to win it all? The Cubs with strong hopes for the Phils. But this season belongs to The Angels and it sticks in my throat to say it. After the World Series the country goes dark. Football rules the waves and we have to suffer through night that comes at 5 o’clock until the season begins again next year. Winter, a recession AND no baseball makes Michigan a potential risk for mass suicide. I suppose there is always the horse race for the White House for entertainment. Unfortunately, unlike baseball, the good guys never win that one.