Tuesday, October 7, 2008

A Blog Divided

It’s on, people.

Me and Red. Symbolically. And before you get all smart ass, "I'm" totally dodging that hit.

The Battle in the Blogosphere. The War on the Web. Donnybrook is the Watchword.

The stars have aligned to pit my life long loves the Boston Red Sox against Red’s newly acquired paramours the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League Championship Series. (That’s baseball for those of you who don’t like sports, or who aren’t grandparents like us and follow football like normal, God fearin’ ‘mericans.).

Yesterday, Boston beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (who are apparently as poor at losing as they are at fielding routine pop-ups), and the Rays beat the Chicago White Sox, guaranteeing a match-up Friday at legendary* Tropicana Field. It’ll be a best of 7 series to see who gets to represent the American League in the World Series.

While Red and I are both big baseball fans, we’ve always managed to live in relative harmony, since her regular team, the Padres, are in the National League, meaning our teams rarely, if ever meet. But when the Padres hit the skids this year and the Rays became the feel good story of the year, Red decided to stake an early claim on the bandwagon. Sure, we knew there was a possibility that the Rays and Sox could meet in the postseason, but I don’t think either of us really thought it would happen.

But now here we are, the strength of our bond tested like never before. My Olde Towne Team facing off against the Worst to First upstarts from America’s Wang. Expect trash talk, tears, hair pulling, and maybe a new haircut for Red if she gets really into it.

May the best team win. And may the blog survive.

* From the catwalks to the Easter basket grass they call “turf,” Tropicana Field is hands down the ugliest park in Major League Baseball. Like I said, there will be trash talk.


Garney said...

As long as the Dodgers lose I don't care who wins... but I'll be rooting for TBRays over BoSox.

McGone said...

I was terrified that a White Sox vs. Cubs World Series would tear my house apart as I'm for the South Siders and my girlfriend roots for the Wrigley folk.

Thankfully, both teams managed to implode spectacularly and spared us a civil war. Now if you'll excuse me, I gotta get back to drinking my misery away.

Dr Zibbs said...

Did I mention that I'm only a 40 minute drive to the Phillies dugout?

Red said...

A few things:

1. I've liked the Rays since last year when I first saw Scott Kazmir pitch. I actually mimic his delivery in my apartment every time he pitches. Yes, I am aware this is weird.

2. I actually considered a Ray-hawk after the game last night. At the very least, I may start doing my hair like Natalie Maines circa 2006.

And 3. My Rookie of the year can take your rookie of the year anytime, anyplace!

words words words said...

I gotta side with the Rays.

1. The Rays are the new darlings, and the Sox are the new Yankees. 2008 Rays = 2004 Sox.

2. I simply cannot stomach any more "Dirty Water" or "Sweet Caroline".

4. I'm a Phillies fan and I want no part of the Sox in the World Series. They'd probably win on A Series Of Unfortunate Events like they did against the Angels. (Yes, Lackey was right!)

Jon said...

That Coco Crisp brawl happened on the same day as Game 1 of the NBA finals, and they played the replay over and over on the Jumbotron at the C's game that night. It was AWESOME.

p.s. Red, you're officially dead to me now. GO SOX!!

Liz said...

Yes, the 2008 Rays are exactly like the 2004 Sox ..... Except that 2004 Sox hadn't won in 86 years, and the Rays have only been a team since 1998. I know the Sox aren't underdogs by any means any more, but let's keep some perspective folks.

Liz said...

Though if they were playing any other team, I'd be pulling for the Rays too.

Go Sox!

MichelleSG said...

Can we get pictures of the cat fight? Or maybe a video on You Tube, yeah video...

Dave H said...

2. I simply cannot stomach any more "Dirty Water" or "Sweet Caroline".


At least we're done with "Beat LA" chant for the Angels.

pistols at dawn said...

Tampa isn't really in America's wang, it's more in America's scrotum.

The Imaginary Reviewer said...

And of course I'm sure everyone is currently suitably impressed by Liverpool FC's superb form in the Premier League; unbeaten since the start of the season, level on points with Chelsea...could it be our season?

Falwless said...

I have nothing to contribute. Except this, which has absolutely nothing to do with this topic, but always makes me laugh, regardless.

Hey, you're welcome.

BeckEye said...

Tampa Bay Rays? That's a team?

Jeez, it's almost as if I haven't followed baseball since 1992.

Oh, that's right. I haven't.