October 17, 2005
We'll get back to regular programing sometime shortly. For now, there's an 800-lb gorilla in Chicago, and she's wearing a 2005 ALCS Champions hoodie...
Yes, baseball's World Series is finally coming to town, though it's not quite what I'd hoped for.
Congratulations are certainly due to the South Siders and their fans, all 35,748 of them. Not even a month out from barely averting the all-time choke, the team looks pretty unstoppable right now (and rumor has it that Ozzie's giving his bullpen the next couple of weeks off). As they're poised to light up the Houstons in short measure (Houston first base coach Jose Cruz should probably watch his back), I suppose sour grapes are out of line.
So, the silver linings:
A) The supremacy of pitching. It's nice to see that a team with mediocre to middling offense (8th in the AL in regular season OPS, 9th in runs, tied for 11th in batting average) can still win it all with dominant hurlers. So, let's get Kerry a new arm and get this over with.
C) The Cards. Barring some East Coast-style voodoo, the Redbirds are done (and they've come within a loss of the pennant in truly spectacular, hot-headed fashion). The only thing that could diminish my pleasure in this right now (beyond the facts that it's Houston that they're losing to and that the Cubs themselves are currently on vacation) would be to see Albert "It's Pronounced POO-holes" Pujols sashay off with the NL MVP.
D) The hex. If those "baseball gods" that Bob Brenly always talks about really do exist, I do like the recent trend in MLB curse reversals. I'll believe that, though, when I see Dusty starting talented rookies and second year studs every day, and when I see the Cubs' rotation emerge from spring training sans season-ending injuries. That would be the stuff of miracles.
Of course, now that I think about it, this "first the Bambino and the Black Sox, next the Goat?" narrative is gonna be like armchair-sports-analyst crack next year, so this all may well prove more insufferable than I've yet anticipated. And, really, who am I kidding? We probably already blew our chance this century.
E) Maybe this will be enough to finally get Sox fans over their sad, sad obsession with the Cubs.
In other baseball news, for the ninth straight year, polydactyl reliever Antonio Alfonseca led the league in fingers in 2005:
"Antonio has been through a lot this season, including some elbow problems and a trip to the DL," manager Jack McKeon said. "But in the end, he just went out there and had a lot of fingers." There was once again a tie for second place behind Alfonseca, with 214 pitchers amassing 10 fingers each, followed by Bob Wickman, who finished last with 9.7.
"For this I'm missing Arrested Development?"
Posted by Dan at 08:16 PM
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Capitol Fax: Go Sox—Comment 5
ESPN.com: Albert Pujols Player Card
FOXSports.com: Rule of White Sox starters: Go the distance (AP)
Houston Astros Official Site
Houston Astros: Team—Jose Cruz
MLB News: Nomar to the rescue—Carrie Muskat
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MLB: Sortable Team Stats—AL AVG
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MSNBC: Report: Everett rips gays, fans, Wrigley
Onion Sports: Antonio Alfonseca Once Again Leads Major-League Relievers In Fingers
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St. Louis Cardinals Official Site
The Heckler: Sox fans celebrate team's hot start with good ol' fashioned tire fire—Paul M. Banks
WGN Sports Cubs Baseball Blog: The Gods Must Be Crazy
Washington Post: Edmonds, La Russa Get Official Treatment—Barry Svrluga
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