Top 10 worst ways I've ever woken up in my life, hands down. (SawxBlog Illustration)
Following the 2009 MLB Playoffs since the Red Sox magnificent choke in the ALDS hasn't been the easiest of things for me to do this October. I honestly haven't watched an entire inning of baseball since that Sunday Bloody Sunday, what can I say - the hurt still stings. I mean think about this, I found myself flipping over to the ALCS only when there was a commercial for Project Runway during Game 5 (Irina is such a bitch right!?!). So obviously my state of mind is, shall we say, a little muddled.
This past Sunday I changed the channel permanently over to Football after the Yankees took a 3-1 lead in Game 6 of the ALCS - because for me at least, the writing was already on the wall, they were obviously going to win. Still, I was holding out an inkling of hope that I'd wake up to the suprise of a Game 7 in the Bronx, where the collar would get extra tight on the pinstripes. However, as I was slowly coming to the land of the living from a deep sleep Tuesday morning I heard the below come loudly over my alarm clock radio:
"....and the New York Yankees are again heading to the World Series, as their pursuit of Championship number 27 draws to a close...."
I may never fully forgive WERS for this. This is easily one of the worst ways I've woken up in the past decade. I grunted a very loud UGH as my fiancée quickly slammed the snooze button fearful that I'd launch it against the wall - and like that, the Yankees managed to ruin my day, and I was awake all but 8 seconds. World Record.
However, now that the World Series is upon us I don't think I'll be able to avoid the games anymore. Yeah - I'll probably be watching through my fingers, but still, this is shaping up to be a great series. The Phillies seem like they have a team that could give the Yanks a run for their money. They've been hitting the piss out of the ball, and have the Series experience along with pitching, which could equate to confidence for them. I went to a Sox vs. Philly game earlier this year and gained a lot of respect for their fans and city, plus - they honestly probably have the best ballpark I've ever been to that's not called Fenway Park...sorry Wrigley. Also, Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez were key contributors to me winning my fantasy baseball league this year, so I grew to love these guys, they're just dirty fun ballplayers, kinda like the Sox used to be.Two Three Side Notes on the World Series I Find Beyond Compelling:
- Cleveland fans must hate baseball with a deep loathing right now. Not only do they lose V-Mart this year, but they also have to watch their two prior studs BOTH start Game 1 of the World Series. Ouch.
- I can't wait for Game 2. Seeing Pedro pitch against the Yankees in the new Stadium is going to be must see TV. I love Pedro, top three player all-time for me, and his story is great this year. The only reason Petey came out of retirement is because his Father asked him to pitch again for him on his death bed prior to passing away. Doesn't winning Game 2 over the Yankees just seem like his destiny? What a way for Pedro to go out if this is how he does it.
- I hate A-Rod more than life - this is a known fact, how anyone can bring themselves to root for him is beyond me. Manny at least had some character, A-Rod is just the worlds largest D-Bag -Ugh, I just can't stand anything about him. Kate Hudson lost all respect from me. (I'm sure she loses sleep over this everynight) - Going from Chris Robinson to A-Rod is such a jump that there just isn't a mathematical equation to decipher. I have to admit though, his post-season has been absolutely tremendous in 2009 as he's been a complete monster. However, if he chokes in the World Series and the Yanks end up losing, everything he's worked to erase thus far would be forgotten, and it's this I'll be hoping for more than anything these upcoming games. To steal from every Yankee fans playbook prior to 2004: The Curse of the A-Rod LIVES, 2000! 2000! 2000!