Free-Floating Hostility

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Hopping on the Bandwagon

With all that went on this summer, I can't say that I paid the sort of attention to baseball season that I usually do. So I don't remember if the Red Sox and Rays had their annual brawl in St. Petersberg. It seems like every August the Red Sox would travel to the Trop for a series that they probably felt was beneath them. Three games against nobody in the middle of the season. And then Pedro or someone would throw at some Rays player and the teams would duke it out on the field. And this happened EVERY year. It made sense on the Rays end. They started April in "play out the string" mode, so why not have a little fun along the way. Apparently, they did have a brawl this year too, although it was in Boston.

I'm rooting for Tampa this year, just for the sheer novelty. This is new for me. Usually I reflexively root against Florida teams. And this is a Florida team against a team I generally like. But the novelty of the Rays in the World Series is just too much not to hope for. That's really poor reasoning, I realize, so I won't try to justify this on those grounds. Instead, I'll make three Greater Good arguments and leave it at that.
  • We've done well with indoor World Series: Think of 1987 and 1991, which were both classics, decided in the ridiculous atmosphere of Metrodome. And in 1993 there was a Series ending home run by Joe Carter at what was then called Skydome. Probably there would be some ridiculous catwalk moment that would decide a game. It would be unbelieveable.
  • An All-Swing State Series? It would be fun watching John McCain and Barack Obama tie themselves in knots not taking sides in a Phillies-Rays Series. Also, maybe Pennsylvania's not a swing state anymore. Actually, this might be the ideal World Series generally. The team that best represents historical abject failure vs. the team that best represents near-term abject failure. A World Series sponsored by FailBlog.
  • How often do you get to see things you've never seen before? I saw Boston win the World Series last year and three years earlier. I know Sox fans feel as though they're making up for lost time, but the same team winning every year is boring. The Rays would be different.
So there you go. I realize it's basically an indefensible position. I'm going to go atone for it.

Update: I'm out of blogging practice and hit Save rather than Publish, hence the posting a day late.

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