LONG BEACH— The stage was set. In one corner was a team with a history of failure. In the other corner, a team with a history of failure. What came of the match up was a failure.
I was looking forward to this series. I thought it’d be a seven game marathon of excitement and intrigue. The Phillies haven’t won since the early 80’s. And that was the only time they’d won in their 125 year history.
The Rays had never had a winning season let alone a World Title. After spending relatively no money and many years in the cellar the team came back. Like a champion they knocked off the two biggest spending franchises in the majors. It was an impossible dream that came true.
How could this series not be good? It even started good. A split in the dome left the hopes that this was going to be a true classic. But alas it rained on the parade. Having watched some of the worst post season umpiring in history rain seemed like a relief. But it wasn’t. It didn’t wash away the sins of this series.
It didn’t help that the main character in this series was Bud “the dud” Selig. He made too many appearances. He did make the right choice to suspend the game, rather than let the World Series be decided by a rain shortened outing. But his choice came back to haunt him.
In a time of year when American’s look for relief from reality, reality was given a massive stack of cash to crash the party. The suspended game was delayed twice. Once for more rain. The second time for a meglomaniac.
I’m glad the Phillies won. They are a good team. Plus, they did an excellent job representing the NL East. Much better than those filthy, filthy Mets ever have. Now I can rest knowing my favorite team lost because the world champion was in the same division. My team will come back some day, hopefully soon. But in the mean time, my division is on top of the world.
I wish the Rays had been able to push it to seven games. They too are a good team. I think they’ll be back soon as they are a very talented and young team. And I applaud them for going as far as they went on such a low team salary. Proof that money doesn’t solve the problem. Talent solves it. Talent on the field and in the front office. Hopefully the team will have more fans showing up next season.