A Conversation for Baseball
God Bless the Red Sox
greenwellies Started conversation Feb 3, 2004
Some time ago, instead of watching some rugby, a small group of Brits stayed up last night to watch the Boston RedSox play baseball - it was a shame that they lost, had we known, we would have watched something else on telly.
We were trying to remember this whole "Babe Ruth" thing but we are not sure who cursed who and why, and whether other people effect curses when they move from Boston to NY - and do they get undone when they move back?
Anyway, for you philistine Brits out there - the RedSox have not won the US Cup (World Series) for a long time - (I have a bumper sticker to prove it - it says "world champs 1918"). You may ask why they call it the World Series when it is a battle between the 'American' world and the 'National' world and it is only open to US teams - it would be like the soccer world cup being only open to Italy, Germany, Brazil and England. Hey, if we let the US play soccer, they should let us play rounders! And why aren't there any women on your teams - oh yes, they play 'softball'. Maybe the RedSox would have better luck if they played with a bigger ball!
So, back to the game, there was not much action but lots of people trying to kill eachother with nasty looks, and lots of ear, nose, knee and glove touching (apparently it is like semaphore to communicate between dugouts about coordinated spitting). Boston was ahead with a few innings of fierce staring and the Yankee's pitcher had to blink so many times, he left the game for good - a real sulk and he didn't even wave to the crowd?. But then, with a super bit of skipping and clapping around the bases, NY earned the 3 points and after full time the game was a tie. "Could it get any more exciting" the commentaor asked - well, I was hoping for a close up of the burst water main in Washington Heights but then again... - and the commercials were too short....
Into extra time and they do this sudden death thing, tie breaker, first goal wins (but you have to give the home team another go). Anyway, finally, one of the players hit the ball and the game was over. It must be difficult to hit those balls with such tight pants on, it is not surprising they have to give them a few goes to hit it. And those helmets are so dirty, you would thing the brand people would have a fit. They do wash those lucky uniforms don't they?
And why don't the Americans like tied games, where they could celebrate the sport and the game and say - "that was a good game"... maybe then there would be less parental murders at the ice hockey rink, less 'in the hole' shouting at the USPGA open, less 'Most Valued Player' and more team work. The great american dream - "Win or invade". Just be glad North Korea don't have better teams.
My favorite quote was that the Redsox were destined to face the Chicago Cubs - a perfect match of two teams neither of whom will win the world series (or any other series) until hell freezes over. A perfect match of hapless wits... maybe they should organise a friendly and play softball.
God Bless the Red Sox
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