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"It is designed to break your heart."

My dad's rule is, you root for your league. 

Though I now follow a team in each, I am at heart a National League kinda girl...I like to see my pitchers on both sides of the plate.  With IF all my guys are in the stands for the final showdown, I'd have been happy cheering for the Cubs. Or the Dodgers. Or the Brewers. 

But ya gotta draw a line somewhere and these days, in the life of a Metropolitans' fan, the role of the Atlanta Braves is being played by the Philadelphia Phillies.  It's been a virtuoso performance and nohow am I rooting for them.

Plus, there's something awe-inspiring in how the Rays are playing right now, squishing my poor 2007 World Champions flat.  They're not a baseball team, they're an Act of God, and I can't wait 'til they unleash themselves on the Phanatic and all of his weasely fans.

(Title stolen shamelessly from A. Bartlett Giamatti's gorgeous "In the Green Fields of the Mind", which captures everything I love about baseball--that is to say, its magic--so much better than I ever could...read it here.)

HOLY SHIT UPDATE:  when I started this entry, it is was 7-0 in the 7th and then I clicked over to check the score before posting, and we put 4 on the board in the our half, and now it's tied in the 8th and can I just say, no matter what happens, tonight or tomorrow or when the hell ever it's over, whether or not it turns out to be too little too late, I LOVE THIS TEAM, and I want that on the freakin' record before the ninth ends.

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(Anonymous)
Oct. 19th, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
holy cow
Great post... there is something about the Sox and elimination games that induce heart attacks! I agree though, I much prefer national league rules than the DH.
storybystory
Oct. 21st, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
Re: holy cow
Thanks for the comment! (yes, I know who you are...) I know I need to do a coda now, now that the Sox season is truly over, but first I gotta go catch up on my sleep.
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