First: I'm not commenting on the A-Rod thing except to say that I think it was a heat of the moment
thing and he shouldn't be burned in effigy because of it. That said, I think the call was the correct one, so don't bother trying to pick a fight with me about it.
Next: Some asshole fans threw baseballs on the field. Now everyone outside of New York is running off at the mouth about how New Yorkers and Yankee fans are barbarians. Please. Stop. Now.
Do I hold it against every single Boston sports fan that I had rocks thrown at me while leaving a hockey game at Boston Garden? No, I don't. Do I think every sports fan from Philadelphia is an idiot just because someone at a Flyers game threw a full cup of Coke at a ten year old kid that was attending the game with me? No. There are assholes everywhere and sometimes they are no more evident than at a sporting event. To call all Yankee fans classless because a few buffoons did something extraordinarily stupid is just moronic.
And if you are one of those people spouting such nonsense and you hail from one of the many cities whose fans riot when their team wins a sports championship? Bite me. We've never done that in New York.
Anyhow, I am going to dispense with the voodoo for tonight's game. After all, today is Mickey Mantle's birthday. What better omen could you ask for?
I keep saying (to anyone who will listen to my ramblings) that this series reminds me of so many Islander playoff series. There were some games that I just couldn't watch - I would walk in and out of the room a dozen times or more in the third period. Overtime? Forget it. I watched those periods like a little kids watches horror movies - with my hands over my eyes. And you know what? In a strange way, that's a great feeling. The adrenaline you get when your team is standing on the thine line between moving on and playing golf is one of the best things about being a sports fan. This series has provided several moments close to that, but none that will match the intensity of tonight's game.
Speaking of hockey, Red Sox fans might take heart in reading about the Islanders' 1975
comeback victories in the playoffs. Sure, they didn't win the championship that year, but they certainly defied odds.
Games like tonight's don't come around often. Two really good teams facing off in the ultimate of sports cliches, the do or die game. This, above anything else, is why I love sports.. Can't really explain it, but if you're a sports fan, it doesn't need explaining.
Your must read for the day: Watching the series from Iraq.
Update: For all of you emailing me the story about the Yankee fan shooting his friend, a Red Sox fan last night, stop. Do you really, honestly believe that murder is a typical behavior of Yankee fans. You're embarassing yourself.