Baseball is sometimes ordinary. Baseball is sometimes mundane. Baseball is sometimes...yes, boring.
But there are times when baseball transcends simple sport. There are times that baseball is pure poetry
This post-season has shown some of those times. I first noticed it when it was Alex Rodriguez who struck out to end the ALCS against his old team. No person was more appropriate to make the final out. But more than that, there was no more appropriate team for the Rangers to beat than the Yankees. Post-seasons past for the Rangers, it was the Yankees who handily knocked them out. The Yankees dominated those series. It was cosmic poetry that it was the Yankees who were dominated for the Rangers' first trip to the World Series. Every time Derek Jeter made an out or when Andy Pettitte took the loss was a little taste of karma.
Which brings me to the Giants. The theme of the season has been torture. It was only appropriate that each game of this post-season has tormented us. Brian Wilson walks two batters before striking Ryan Howard out on a pitch right at the knees in a 3-2 count. Could the NLCS end any other way? Not this year. Poetic.
I like to think that beating the Braves in the NLDS followed by the Phillies in the NLCS exorcised some of the demons from the 1993 season, too. It's just a fancy, but isn't that what poetry is? Poetry: being the underdog to the back-to-back NL champions and beating them in six. This was what that same team, the Phillies, did in that infamous 1993 season. I just hope that the Giants don't follow that script too closely.
So what will the world series bring us? Michael Young said it was great to finally bring a world series to Texas. A slip of the tongue, obviously, but the first time the world series came to Texas was in 2005 when Houston went to their first ever world series against a team that hadn't won in a really long time. The team that hadn't won in a really long time swept the team who had made it to the series for the first time. That would be poetry.
I won't mention the other parallel I thought of with this world series...
I'd like to leave this post upbeat.