The only problem with the fact that baseball is awesome is that sometimes it isn’t. Case in point: this year’s divisional playoff series. Underdog lovers everywhere were united in excitement at the number of unlikely contending teams. Such a variety of desirable match-ups! Such potential! We could have had, like, the Mona Lisa of playoff pictures.
But then, just like that, all such dreams were gone.
Oakland? Out of it. No mo’ moneyball.
Nationals? Defeated the Cardinals like Dewey defeated Truman.
It is a reminder to us all… sometimes, life is sad. As a Cubs fan, I don’t feel I really needed this particular memo. And, let me tell you. Being handed it by smug St. Louis loyalists ain’t helping much.
To those of my readers who are actually fans of the aforementioned clubs, you have my sincerest sympathies. I know how you feel, and then some. You are welcome to join me in the waiting-til-next-year queue. There is plenty of room.
I guess now all I can say is Go Tigers, but it is with very little enthusiasm.
I think it would be more fitting to close with: Here’s to 2013. May it be kinder to us all.