Baseball

Ugh. In trying to get my weekly Rants post for Sunday ready and scheduled, I almost forgot to write one here for today. Honestly, I also got distracted by YouTube, watching clips from previous World Series games, for example, hearing Vin Scully’s call of the end of 1988’s game 1.

Which leads me to think a little about baseball. Though I don’t follow sports like most average American men, I would venture to say that I like baseball more than football or basketball. Since I’m from southern California, I would have to admit that I am a Dodgers fan. I can remember one night there was a game on TV, and it had run into extra innings. I don’t remember when it was, but not being able to sleep one night, I turned the TV on, at like 01:30, and the Dodgers game was still going. It had to be in like the 17th, 18th, 19th inning—something like that. I recall that Fernando Valenzuela, a pitcher, was playing in left field.

It looks like the Dodgers this weird year are competing to get into the World Series, but not doing so well against the Braves. Though their last win was 32 years ago, at least they don’t have the drought Cleveland has, now at like 71 years. Four years ago, the Cubs finally broke their 108-year losing streak, against, coincidentally, the Indians. The irony of the Cubs is that the scene in Back to the Future 2 almost happened—the Cubs playing Miami; a weirder occurrence was the actual win in 2016. Back in 1993, a high school senior from California used as his yearbook quote: “Chicago Cubs, 2016 World Champions. You heard it here first.” At first people thought it was a joke, but several different people, apparently classmates, posted pictures of the same picture and the whole accompanying page from their yearbook copies. So will the Dodgers win? Who knows, but things aren’t looking well for them, being down 2 – 1 in the NLCS right now (soon to be down 3 – 1, losing 10 – 2 in Game 4 in the bottom of the 8th). The Dodgers at least have 6 World Series wins and have been in the Series 20 times. There are teams like the Seattle Mariners who not only have never won the World Series, they’re the only team to never even appear in one. Even the Padres, also never having won a World Series, have been in two championship matches.

I leave you with the quote for the day:

“Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical.”

Yogi Berra

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