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Observation 4.15
October 21, 2004

I know this is observation comes really quickly, considering I just did one last week, but I felt compelled to write this one after the history that was made in baseball last night. I must first say that I am shocked that I am still watching baseball despite the fact that my Phillies were knocked out of the playoff hunt in May. The management of the Phillies has about as much of a clue of how to run a baseball franchise as I have about how to pilot an airplane (which is none, by the way). This could probably be fodder for a future observation.

Anyway, I had the pleasure of watching the Boston Red Sox come within striking distance of silencing the curse of the Bambino last night. Who would've thought this past Sunday morning that the Red Sox would be able to overcome a 3-games-to-none disadvantage against the most successful sports team in the history of American sports? The Yankees had humiliated the Red Sox 19-8 on Saturday night, and for all intensive purposes, I thought, put an end to this series.

But the best rivalry in all of sports couldn't end like this, could it? The Sox won the next two games, coming from behind, and were able to squeeze in a victory in the Bronx behind an inspirational performance by Schilling. But, to expect the Red Sox to win 4 in a row? Impossible! Of course, we know that they did just that.

But, regardless how this game ended last night, I would've considered it the best series I've ever watched. No, the pitching in the series for the most part wasn't that good. The fielding could've been better. Yes, the managers made some mistakes. But the raw emotion that was displayed by the two teams and the managers was off the charts. I'm not even a fan of either team, and I was sucked in quicker than a phallus in the presence of Paris Hilton. For that one night, I felt like a Bostonian.

As the memory of that game continues to soak in, I have started feeling a hatred for the Philadelphia baseball organization (can't even bring myself to use the name). Instead of building a team that the city can be proud of, they decided to concentrate on building a ballpark. And, even though the ballpark is remarkable, the team isn't even close.

As you all may realize, our team had back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1982-83. They haven't made the playoffs since 1993. I'm jealous. I want to root for a team that does all it can to win, not a team that gives its fans a bunch of lip service. I guess that is why football and the Eagles have become the heartbeat of this city. Management seems to make the right moves almost all the time, and winning is an important issue with them.

You can probably say that about the Flyers and Sixers too, as they do try to spend money to field a good team, but management of either team doesn't have a very good game-plan with regards to who they draft, who they trade for, who they sign, and how long they sign them for. Still, at least they try. Our basement-dwelling bat-boys talk about how the team would be much better if they played to their ability or if they didn't suffer injuries. Every team suffers injuries. Every team has players that don't reach expectations. But still, some teams find ways to be successful. Do you realize that the Boston Red Sox GM is in his early 30's? He makes Ed Wade look like a slow-learner (and basically, he is, at least in baseball).

Someday, maybe this management will either learn, or sell the team to a more competent owner. Until then, I guess we'll just have to keep rooting for whomever the Yankees are playing against.

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