So far, the World Series has not gone well for me. I don’t know what I was expecting, or even if I truly had any expectations for these games, but success isn’t happening for the Philadelphia Phillies, and I have to say I’m finding it a little more disappointing than I expected to.
I don’t think it’s an underdog thing for me at this point. The Phillies are more than capable of holding their own against the Yankees; both teams deserve to be where they’re at, regardless of my personal opinion of either of them. Tonight’s loss was the result of some really shoddy defense on the Phils’ part, and it was at that point in time – the top of the 9th inning – when I decided that if they lost, they just deserved to, plain and simple. Allowing Johnny Damon to steal not one but two bases one right after the other was absolutely unacceptable, and very uncharacteristic of the kind of ball I’ve seen the Phightin’s manifest during the playoffs, and even the other games they’ve lost to New York thus far. My birthday is tomorrow, and tomorrow’s game could mark the Yankees win of the World Series on Phillies soil. I’m debating not watching it, simply because I don’t think I should be annoyed on my birthday, and I would find a Philadelphia loss annoying enough without having to watch it happen. If the Yankees are going to win, they need to do it on their turf in front of their people – they deserve as much, and so do their fans. I’ll continue to debate my course over the next 20 hours or so.
There is also the matter of how long this has been stretched out. I don’t remember things taking this long last year – we certainly didn’t pass Daylight Savings Time in 2008 – and as much as I am loathe to say it, I’m ready for baseball to be done and over with this year. I’m ready to look forward to the rest of the Green Bay season (not having these Favre games hanging over us for the next 8 weeks will be nice), and the Red Wings season, and to see what the Sounders can do with their Houston game next weekend. Most of all, I’m looking forward to seeing what the Mariners offseason holds, and it feels like the World Series is delaying all of this for me. Baseball is eating my food, not looking for a job, and basically overstaying its’ welcome. Enough already.
I went to Goofy’s with a bunch of friends today to watch the Packers get their bells rung by Brett Favre (apparently, he’s the only player on the Vikings, or at least you would have thought as much by how often his mug was on TV), and we caught about 2-plus quarters of the Cowboys/Seahawks game. If there is any team I feel sorry for this year, it’s the Hawks. With the way they were being talked about over the summer, it sounded like they were going to pull a 2009 Mariners; new front office folks, new coach, new faces on the team and some old ones. After their dismal year last year, it looked like they were primed to come back. Now…I don’t know that much about football, but I know that the Seattle Seahawks are completely and utterly boned for the rest of the season. With the losses of Walter Peyton and Lofa Tatupu, and the bruises, bumps, sprains, and everything else they’ve had to endure so far this year, I just don’t see any hope for them in 2009. Watching them be so completely dominated by the Cowboys today was sad. They’re not the worst team in the NFL, but they’re nowhere near even the median of the best. I will probably never like football near as much as I like baseball, soccer, or hockey, but having been there last year, I can totally feel for the fans this year. All that promise, all that hope, a flash, and it’s gone.
Why am I talking about football here?! I am badly needing some Mariners news…