Congrats to the Tamp Bay Rays for making it to the World Series for the first time in their history. What an amazing season. They went from dead last last season to the World Series, and the thing I like most is they did it the way the game should be played: solid pitching, consistent offense, and good defense.
I am all about the small market teams winning. I know everyone says it hurts the league as a whole, but I think that is stupid, and just shows how it has all become about money. Correct me if I am wrong, but I thought it was about winning, not about ratings. Also, being a fan of a small market team, I like to see them succeed.
It should be a good series too. Tampa Bay definitely has the momentum going in, but nobody expected either of these teams to get this far so I guess we will see what happens. Go Rays!
In writing this post I must admit that I am a devout Yankee-hater and always will be. That being said I have the utmost respect for the history and tradition of the team and the stadium. I had the pleasure of attending a game there last year, and I can’t describe how it felt to sit in those seats and be where greatness had been. There was nothing special about the structure itself, in fact it was the most uncomfortable ballpark I have ever been to, but there was no denying the near holiness of those grounds. Yankee Stadium transcended sports. It was an icon to almost everyone for one reason or another, and with the continuing demise of most of the historic stadiums, Fenway and Wrigley are just about the only ones left, I am truly sad to see it go.
I watched the entire game last night, and while it wasn’t one for the ages, and in the long run meant nothing since neither team is going to the playoffs, it was still something I will never forget. The pregame ceremonies were very special with all of the former players present, and the interviews during the game were a rare pleasure. Normally I hate it when sportscasters talk through the whole game, but hearing the likes of Whitey Ford and Yogi Berra tell stories about their playing days made it one of the more enjoyable games I have ever watched. It was an opportunity that I am glad I didn’t miss.
One of the most surprising events for me was the newfound respect I gained for Derek Jeter after the speech he gave following the game:
If Derek Jeter played for any other team I probably wouldn’t hate him nearly as much, but having watched this speech and the ensuing walk around the field, I felt as if he was truly sad, and maybe even heartbroken, over the closing of the stadium. It is refreshing in this day and age of egos to see someone that may very well genuinely care about the fans and the game.
In contrast, his idiot teammates (read: A-Rod and company) were walking around pushing each other and cracking jokes like they were high school players on a victory lap. It showed their immaturity and their blatant disregard for the fans, and even winning. Maybe if the Yankees bought players that cared about winning more than about their paycheck they might actually win.
So once again goodbye to Yankee Stadium. The House that Ruth Built is being torn down, but the memories of those that tread there will be treasured in our minds and our hearts forever.
It’s about time. The technology has been there forever, and it is about time they used it to get some of these obivous calls right. I realize they will still screw stuff up just like they do in football, but I am glad they are limiting it to home run calls. I just hope it doesn’t become like football where they take ten minutes to look at the video. Look at it a couple of times, and if it isn’t an obvious change, then leave the call as it stood and move on. Part of the reality of sports is that calls get missed. It just gives all the talk radio guys something to talk about for the rest of the week.