Wednesday, October 29, 2008

They Did It

Phillies centerfielder Shane Victorino celebrates his RBI single in the first inning of Game 5. Image credit: screenshot of Fox Sports telecast by Cujo359.

In some ways, it felt more like a cricket match than a baseball game. It was played in two parts on two separate days. What turned out to be the first part was suspended due to torrential rains and near-freezing temperatures. As one of the announcers put it, it was as much like hydroplaning as baseball. It was ugly, but it was competitive. In the end the Philadelphia Phillies did something they've only done once before in their 125 years or so as a major league team - they won a championship.

Surely, now the skies will rain toads, the earth will split open, and time and space will collapse into an endless loop of Tim McCarver's most vacuous color commentary. Or, maybe something even worse will happen. Still, it's nice to have something unusual and unexpected happen that isn't thoroughly unpleasant.

(Devil) Rays fans have something to celebrate, too. Their club has only existed for eleven years, and it's already been to the big show. It beat a good team to get there, and it showed a lot of poise for a very young team. If the Rays' management can hold them together, they should be a good team for many years.

Not surprisingly, Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels, who pitched thirteen innings in the Series while allowing a grand total of four runs, won the Series MVP award.

Congratulations to both clubs, and thanks for putting the games on broadcast TV so that I could at least see a few games this season.

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