Rocktoberfest Continues

Oddly enough, it's hard for me to write about baseball when so much of it is going down. I tried writing nightly updates from SABR 37 for the blog of the independent Twins program I'm on staff at, but fell short after my first two days in St. Louis (it was my idea so my editor didn't get on me for flaking). Who wants to run back up to their hotel room and sit in front of a laptop when you can talk baseball with a bunch of other nerds until the hotel bar closes?

In that same vein, I intended to write more about the playoffs, but TBS has been running back-to-back-to-back games the last two nights. That comes out to ten straight hours of post-season baseball per night! I cashed in one of my three remaining vacation days for the calendar year at work and blew off my classes on Wednesday to sit on my couch from 2:00 PM until midnight. I forsook sleep to watch parts of each Thursday game sandwiched in between class and work last night. My head is swimming (due in part to the lack of rest).

The miracle Rockies are up two games to none in their best-of-five and haven't played a home game yet. The Diamondbacks are starting rookies at third base, center field and right field and have also won the first two games of their series against the accursed Cubs. The Cleveland Indians destroyed the Evil Empire 12-3 in their first meeting. And the Sawks won the first game of their series behind ace Josh Beckett, who retired 19 consecutive Angels over a six-plus inning stretch (with the first round being best-of-five, my $20 bet on the Angels at 9/2 to win the World Series is now heavily in the house's favor).

There are two games Friday, and the pitching match up in the late game is stellar. The Sawks host the Angels with Boston sending Japanese import Daisuke Matsuzaka against the Venezuelan Kelvim Escobar. If I was going to watch only one game in the first round, this would be it (start time of 8:30 PM Eastern on TBS).

With my hometown Twins long out of contention, I end up thinking about friends that root for different teams. My buddy Ram grew up in the Rio Grande Valley, too far from Dallas and Houston to be a Rangers or Astros fan, but thanks to WGN could watch the vast majority of Cubs games as a child. He's out on tour with his band (which I'll plug since this is a culture blog and their new record is good), and in addition to the rigors of the road he now has to deal with the 0-2 hole the Cubbies have dug for themselves. He'll eventually pull through. Die hard Cubs fans are already 98% scar tissue.

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