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Ahhhh, baseball Part Deux!

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Ahhhh, baseball Part Deux!

Postby CustomStrat » Sun 19 Oct 2003 02:12 GMT

It's October and the hotdogs at Yankee Stadium have been boiling since April... It's the World Series; the FA Cup of baseball. The playoffs (the semi-finals, as it were) were quite amazing. There are two leagues in baseball; the American League and the National League and it's the best team of each that winds up facing each other in the World Series. The National League Playoffs pitted the Florida Marlins (a 10 year old club that won the WS in 1996) against the Chicago Cubs (one of the oldest clubs and one of the perenial losers). The Cubs last won the World Series in 1908 and haven't even played in one since 1945. It came down to the wire in a best of 7 game series and the Marlins won. Great saddness in the Windy City... The American League playoffs pitted the New York Yankees against the Boston Red Sox; a pair of old teams that couldn't be more differant in terms of success if they tried. The Yankees are the aristocrats of baseball. They've won the WS more times (27) than any other team in the history of the game and six of the last 8. Their players are legendary, from Babe Ruth to Joe DiMaggio to Mickey Mantle to Yogi Berra, etc... Boston, on the other hand, last won a WS in 1918, beating the Chicago Cubs. They last played a WS in 1986 and lost to the New York Mets. It's said that Boston suffers "The Curse of the Bambino." The Bambino was the nickname of Babe Ruth who began his major league career as a pitcher with Boston and it was his pitching that actually helped them win in 1918. The next year, Boston traded Ruth to the Yankees where he became one of the icons of the game and, argueably, the greatest player in the history of the sport. Bostons loss, New Yorks gain. Well, in a late night thriller, seventh game of the playoffs, the Curse of the Bambino struck, yet again and Boston lost to the Yankees.

So, now it's the old aristocratic franchise against the young upstarts from the sunshine state. Who will win? Damned if I know... The beauty of baseball = anything can happen... :D
I'm not afraid to die; I just don't want to be there when it happens - Woody Allen
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