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Like a Million Baseball Fans Cried Out, and Were Suddenly Silenced

Detroit Sounders

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So today marks the day when the New York Yankees may be going home for the remainder of the baseball season. I say that as if there is a whole lot of baseball left, when of course we are staring down the barrel of the World Series. The playoffs always put me in this headspace where I subconsciously think that baseball is going to last forever, and then when the last out of the World Series occurs, and the cheering is over, and the interviews have been done and things settle down,  I will be flipping through TV channels or absent-mindedly clicking on the schedule portion of the Mariners website, and realize that no, baseball is not coming back until months from now, and all there is between now and Opening Day 2013 is a whole lot of rain, early gray days, and blistering cold with the sun out, because that is how Seattle winters roll. I always feel after the World Series like I can “get back” to Mariners baseball. But really, unless you’re on top of the Arizona Fall League or really paying attention to the other “offseason” games, not a whole lot is going to really happen in baseball of any real significance until the winter meetings. And those feel like they will take forever to get here.

I have watched the past three Detroit/Yankees games, and it is terrible timing that tonight could be the big game 4, and I will be…at Century Link Field watching soccer. Don’t get me wrong, I am glad for the ticket and the company (if not necessarily the opportunity to stand for 90+ minutes out in the cold), but I have to think that there is going to be a lot of pressure in tonight’s game in Detroit, and I just wish I was going to be able to watch it. I was enjoying last night’s atmosphere in the 2-1 Detroit win immensely. Phil Coke is terrifying, but he managed to eek past the Yankees in the top of the 9th, even with all the runners he allowed on base. The Tigers are fighters, that is for sure. I will be checking Twitter, and hoping for updates…

The Sounders contest against Real Salt Lake tonight is apparently quite a big deal; I had heard something mentioned on the news this morning as I was getting ready to go to work, so figured I would look up an article just now so that I didn’t sound like a complete idiot about it. Looks like the Sounders really need a win tonight, and the game has playoff implications for Seattle. Would love to see them make it.  I hope I yell loud enough to make that happen (because I have total control over games – don’t argue). Cynthia’s seat mates were pleasant enough the last time I was there with her, and if I manage to layer enough I should be OK outside as well as enjoying chatting with the folks around us; late season footie is so similar to early season baseball, but it feels a lot colder to me right now. At least I can wrap myself in the warmth of baseball in March. Now? It’s cold, and baseball is nearly over.

This post meanders, and I am sorry about that. I had a bunch of stuff I wanted to address this morning, but I am swamped at work today due to systems failures, and I think my head is so far into that, I’m not sure I just actually took a break. Did  I just write all of that? Geez, guys. I’m sorry.

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