I guess my beloved Manny Machado tee-shirt had a little mojo left in it afterall.
If your baseball season has to end before October – and for 19 teams the season ended Sunday – then the best you can do is hope to win your last game.
7-6 … Orioles over Red Sox.
It’s always nice to beat the Boston Red Sox on the last day of the season.
Sometimes that single win can change everything, like in 2011. This year, it didn’t mean as much, except that the Good Guys won and Jim Johnson got the save and notched his second consecutive 50-save season.
(Not exactly pretty, but watch the recap as the O’s come from down 5-0 to win, here.)
Quick, flip the channel!
7-6 … Giants over Padres.
Another exciting comeback … a walk-off win! Apparently the Manny Machado tee-shirt is also soft on the Giants.
But, now, I got nowhere to be until next season.
Have you ever been invited to a party that you didn’t want to go to? You don’t really know the people, they seem a little strange … you’re not going to know anyone there … they live in a weird part of town … they’re not as much fun as your friends … and all you really want to do is stay home and watch TV?
But, you go anyway, because … because …
Because oh, I don’t know, maybe there will be snacks?
I’ve been looking for a post-season team to follow. Just a temporary, meaningless fling. Someone to pass the time with for the next few weeks. I asked for suggestions.
I have a lot of Red Sox friends. I thought they might put in a good word for their fuzzy-faced team. But, silence.
Over waffles Sunday morning, one baseball observer (who asked to remain anonymous because he has friends who love the Red Sox) said, “There’s no conceivable way I could root for the Red Sox in the post season, unless somehow North Korea managed to field a team. Actually, though, North Korea’s never really done anything to me, so I don’t know.”
(This riveting “Has North Korea really ever done anything to me?” conversation continued until it was interrupted when he went to chase the cow out of the yard.)
But, just when I thought no one wanted this lonely Oriole fan’s support, I got a couple posts from Oakland A’s fans.
OK, that’s possible. Just going from the O’s to the A’s is simple vowel-hopping.
I’ve actually been to Oakland Coliseum, though many years ago (pre-sewage).
In August, I took photos of A’s outfielder Coco Crisp before a game at Camden Yards.
(In my Yoga classes, we call this Giraffe Pose.)
I have this tee-shirt.
Alright, I’ll wear it. (But, I’m still gonna wear my Orioles cap.)
Let’s do this.
(Dear Orioles, please rest up. Dear Chris Davis and Manny Machado, please rest your injured parts. We have a World Series to win next year. Thank you for a great season! Amen.)
Just 183 days until Opening Day.