Wednesday, October 23, 2013

October Skies

Once upon a decade and a half ago or so today was the start of what was an annual rite of October for Yankees fans:  the World Series.  Those days seem long ago now.  Really, really long ago.
As the song says, "Life goes on without me".  Far more often than not these days the World Series
goes on without the Bombers.  This October is no different.  The first pitch in the Fall Classic tonight will be thrown at Fenway Park.  The Red Sox matchup with the Cardinals will mark the second time in the past decade that these two have tussled in the World Series.  In 2004 after running off four consecutive ALCS wins against the Yankees, the Red Sox won their first World Series in eighty-six years by sweeping the Cardinals.  In the decade since, the Sox have won their second World Series since 1918 and the Cardinals have won a couple of WS titles themselves - in 2006 and 2011. 
It pains me to admit it but baseball's best teams are the two still standing.  While the first round of the playoffs did not produce a great deal of drama, both the ALCS and the NLCS were damn entertaining.  I would be lying if I said I was not voting for the team that is not named the Red Sox to win the World Series although all I am really rooting for is a good, entertaining World Series. 
Tis the final vestige of fall after all.  I am hoping that it lasts as long as possible.

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