10/20/2005: The Statutory Concession Post....
Congratulations to the Houston Astros, 2005 National League Champions, who won the pennant with their 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Actually (and I may have already mentioned it here before), this comes as a mild relief. Following the World Series as a Cardinal fan sucked last year, in large part because there was a huge outpouring of support for the Red Sox everywhere but Cardinal Nation, because of the Sox's longstanding history of Series futility. (Surprisingly, this was true even in Memphis, despite the fact that the local ball club, the Memphis Redbirds, is the AAA affiliate of the Cardinals. Go figure.) Had the Cardinals taken the pennant this year, we'd see the same thing again, with everyone outside of Cardinal Nation rooting for the South Siders because they've not won an AL pennant since 1959, nor a World Series since 1917 (the "Curse of Shoeless Joe"?). Now, I don't have a dog in this fight (I hate to disappoint Karen, but I'm not really pulling for the Sox in this one--nor for the 'stros, though), so I can leave it to the rest of you, who can spend your time up until the first pitch on Saturday wondering which of the two "deserving" teams is more deserving: the team that has never won it all, or the team that hasn't won it all since Christ was playing in A-ball.
So now the TV can go back into mothballs until spring training next year. :-)
Len on 10.20.05 @ 06:36 AM CST