October 16, 2007

Amazin' (OK, the Mets used it first, but...)

If you aren't enthralled by the Colorado Rockies and their run to the World Series, I don't think you can call yourself a baseball fan. Here's a first-hand account of last night's experience as the team won and swept the National League Championship Series.

I like his description of the walk up to the stadium; when I was in college in Tucson, I lived six blocks north of Arizona Stadium, and we'd walk there for Saturday night football games. That experience was similar: we'd walk out of the fraternity house in a group of five or six, and within three blocks there would be one or two hundred people all headed in the same direction. Within five blocks, there would be hundreds or even thousands of people converging on that old concrete building (it had dorms under the stands back in the Sixties and early Seventies; here's a description of life in those halls), all of us hoping the Wildcats would beat their Western Athletic Conference foe (UA and ASU didn't move to the Pac-10 until 1978). Other than 1968, they mostly didn't.

Posted by Linkmeister at October 16, 2007 10:14 AM | TrackBack

Rockies-Indians would make a pretty good good-guys World Series, if one can just ignore the wincingly obvious stories about how isn't it refreshing that a team does not have to spend like the Yankees or Red Sox to make it to the series.
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Posted by: Peter at October 16, 2007 11:32 AM

If you're going to ball games you're obviously feeling better, glad to hear it.

I've never lived close enough to a baseball stadium to walk to games; but your description of the crowds of people joining you, all going to the same place, reminds me of about 5 years ago when my then boss decided that his entire team should attend Microsoft's TechEd conference in Dallas (even those of us who were Unix geeks). I went to the keynote address at that thing and there must have been 8,000 - 10,000 geeks, all marching down the same hall toward the same auditorium at the same time. Frankly, it creeped me out. I don't really like crowds much at all.

Posted by: hedera at October 16, 2007 06:35 PM

I'm a baseball fan. And I'm not enthralled - for reasons that have nothing to do with my citizenship in Red Sox Nation.


This team is yet another tentacle of the Christian kraken. They honestly believe that they're doing well because Jesus wants them to. They're steamrolling opponents because God is willing it. The Christian God, of course.

Just another set of right wing holier than thou types -- and if they win, we'll all be "treated" to months of smug assurances from Colorado and the Deep South (the citizens of which, as we all know, are often anything but deep) about how it was their Christian faith that did the trick, that Jesus was on their side. (They'll be strangely silent about Jesus' role should the Rockies lose the WS, however.)

If you oppose what the Christian machine has done to our country in the past generation, you really have no choice but to cheer loudly and forcefully against the Colorado Rockies no matter who they're playing.

Posted by: Curmudgeon at October 20, 2007 01:19 AM

I remember that 2006 news story, but I haven't heard a word about religiosity this season. I wonder how many of the rookie stars are devout.

Several somebodies will undoubtedly point out that God has better things to do than worry about who wins baseball games.

Posted by: Linkmeister at October 20, 2007 08:33 AM