I watched the ninth inning of Game Five of the '86 ALCS with the eight-month old this afternoon and I felt a little guilty knowing how things turned out for Donnie Moore. The game also reminded how insufferable Red Sox fans are. They subjected the world to years of the "no one has suffered like we have" schtick based on the Bill Buckner game, but they were playing with house money after the ALCS. They escaped a situation in which they were down 3-1 in the series and 5-2 in the ninth inning of Game Five. After surviving that, they had a lotta' nerve to say that they were deprived of a World Series title. They were the equivalent of the guy who wins a pile of money after being dealt a straight flush and then complains that he pissed the winnings away.
I will admit, though, that between an enjoyable blast from the past on the MLB Network, an interesting Phillies-Yankees game today, and the outstanding Halladay-Kawakami (?!?) duel last night, I'm enjoying baseball right now. Wednesday will put it in its place.
Watching the game last night made me think that these Braves are a little like the '93 Braves before the McGriff trade. The pitching is good, but it is a real ordeal trying to push runs across. I don't see a McGriff savior this year because of the whiplash from the Teixeira debacle.
I have a feature-length "why I love LeBron" post in my head right now. I am most definitely not a starf***er of an NBa fan, as I have disliked most major stars of the past 25 years with the exceptions of Duncan and Shaq. I rooted against Bird, Magic, Jordan, and Kobe. I tend to rebel against the guys who are held up as the ideal, but I really like LeBron. Fundamentally, it's because he gets along with his teammates so well and has great passing skills. The Democrat in me finds him very non-elitist in the way he carries himself. I'll flush this out when I get time.
When I watched the end of the Magic-Cavs game last night, I was really happy that I kept the TV on. We all watch, in part, on the off chance that we'll see history and last night was the payoff. These Conference Finals have been great. Three really rootable teams and a foil (the Lakers).
Speaking of my political ideology infecting my rooting preferences, I have always liked Urban Meyer (December 2006 excluded for obvious reasons) because he is so good at what he does and because I love watching his offense. However, the "you're either with me or you're my enemy" has me reevaluating. I am picturing Dick Cheney and Meyer standing on the deck of a Star Destroyer watching the construction of the Death Star.
SI had a great article about how Nadal solved Federer...and then Federer beat Nadal in Spain on clay. Good timing.
Brian McCann, bunt single. What are four words I never thought I'd type in a sentence for 500, Alex.
Speaking of Jeopardy, I've used an image of "Suck it, Trebek" in at least two recent e-mails.