Baseball is a wonderful game. Win or lose, it makes me happy. But, it can be especially stressful this time of year. Losing stinks in September.
I admitted to my friend Jay that a game earlier this week stressed me out so much I started to cry (just a little bit). He reminded me, “There is no crying in baseball.” My response: “This isn’t baseball. This is September.”
Just a few games left to go in the regular season. The Baltimore Orioles are hanging on … still in the running for the post-season. Just barely.
But, they need to win their next few games or their season will be over just as October begins.
If my team is going to lose a game, I ask just four things of them …
1) Don’t get no-hit.
2) Don’t get shut out.
3) Don’t get hurt.
4) Don’t take all night to lose.
They violated Rule #4 last night/this morning – taking 18 innings and nearly seven hours to lose to the Tampa Bay Rays. It was the longest game in Orioles’ history. Sigh.
After long games, Orioles Manager Buck Showalter will always say, “Sleep fast.”
Because there’s another game today. Another chance to win.
It’s not over yet. Gotta find a new lucky shirt to wear (I’ve squeezed all the luck out of my few trusty favorites.)
And, I’ll sleep in November.