No sport carries more superstition than baseball. Whether it's really the mistreatment of a goat that has doomed the
Thus, we are going to acknowledge that Friday is very big day for Baltimore baseball fans, but we are not going to name the team or the players involved. Not that it isn't a great name with a proud tradition, and not that we don't have every confidence that the professional baseball team in question is going to win tomorrow night, but why take the chance?
You understand, don't you? You get it? For the first time in
If we had asked that "believe" question at the start of the season, it's safe to say that 99 percent of people would say no, they did not, and some of those people might even be the friends and relatives of the actual players. By midseason, when it became clear that the team was better than expected, the naysayers still would have outnumbered the believers.
But now? As
Even so, all eyes will fall upon Texas Friday. Anything can happen in one baseball game. The
Now that's a fan base that should be gripping its rabbit's feet especially tight right now. The Baltimore team didn't quite have enough on the final few days to dislodge the
Baltimore's season has been sweet and almost inexplicable. Yes, there are several players with All-Star chops, including the league's dominant closer, but this is a team that's far more than the sum of its parts. It's got a lot of retreads, cast-offs, a 20-year-old kid playing third base and even a past-his-prime slugger. Together they magically win games, especially the one-run and extra-inning variety.
And isn't magic really what this season has been all about? Just down the road, the usually hapless
Clearly, the baseball gods have decided to smile upon us. Surely, a Baltimore victory in this historic wild-card game would be appropriate under the circumstances. Listen, you think real baseball fans around the country will root for the team that's been in the World Series the last two years or the one that's been stuck in or near the
So all we ask is that everyone wear their lucky underwear, eat and drink the appropriate things, offer prayers, chants, incantations, and ritualistic dances, and let's make this happen. Baltimore deserves this. The least we can do is allow our kids to stay up and watch meaningful baseball in October for the first time in their lives, yell at the television set and enjoy an all-too-rare moment.