Cold nights. Bright lights. Rowdy fans. The 2009 World Series will be the best we’ve seen since the Florida Marlins beat the Cleveland Indians in 1997. I know baseball enthusiasts wanted a Dodgers/Yankees showdown, but who wants to watch the most important series of the year played in daylight, in LA nonetheless? Not me. The World Series belongs under the lights, in the northeast. Ok, it shouldn’t be exclusively in the northeast. (However, a majority of sports’ most passionate fan bases reside in the northeast. This isn’t an east coast bias thing. It’s true. best indian cams
The most significant reason is the environment. Here in the northeast, we spend half the year trapped inside. Other than amazing leaf color in the fall and some nice spring blooms, we’ve got very little to be excited about. Mountain and Pacific time zone fans have year round beaches, amazing mountains, canyons, and vast forests with unbelievable wild life. We have squirrels, deer, and Ed Rendell. Northeasterners are better fans and more passionate because they have more time and fewer distractions. Look it up, I’m not lying. Oh yeah, most of us aren’t as rich as the southern California crowd either.)
OK, back to business. I expected a lot from the 2009 MLB Playoffs. After 3 sweeps, the 3- 1 & 4- 1 victories by the Phillies, and a less than thrilling 4- 2 ALCS, you could say I’ve been disappointed. Baseball can still make it up to me though. A seven (I’ll settle for six) game, back and forth, affair between the Phillies and Yankees will heal all of my 2009 playoff wounds. It’s not too much to ask for a competitive World Series, is it? Since the aforementioned 1997 series, there have been five sweeps, three 4- 1 thrashings, one 6 game series, and two that went the distance (7 games). For the most important series of the playoffs, that is less than impressive. Until recent years, I had the same gripe with the NFL Super Bowl. A season full of competitive games usually led to a humdrum blowout in the biggest showcase of the season. Don’t let me down, baseball. I can’t handle too much more.
By the way, I loved the 1997 World Series for several reasons. I’ll list them briefly for you.
– It was a wild series where neither team was able to string together multiple wins.
– It went the full seven games.
– There was snow in game three; this raises the excitement level by at least two points.
– In addition to the snow, 11 runs were scored in the 9th inning of game three.
– Darren Daulton was on national television, seven times.
– I loved watching Cleveland’s offense and hearing the tribal drum.
– It was the first time I saw a pitcher (Jose Mesa) with a crazy colored glove.
– Gary Sheffield’s batting stance.
– A walk- off, series deciding hit in the bottom of the 11th with two outs. FYI, this is the brief version. I loved this series.
OK, back to business (again). Every newspaper, sports network, website, and blog has already broken down every aspect of this series so I’m not going to bother here. Instead, I’ll give you a few other things to look for as the best World Series in over a decade unfolds (fingers crossed, fingers crossed).