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Last night I had the strangest dream... [Oct. 9th, 2007|07:12 am]
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Okay, I know I make a lot of wisecracks about the Yankees...but damn. I never expected the mighty to actually fall the way they did.

This article in today's Globe is so poignant...

I mean, don't get me wrong, I'd much rather take on Cleveland and all their bugs than go through another Yankees ALCS. But...you know, I never expected it to happen.

I keep thinking of that Friday game when I was in Tampa watching the other scores around the league, and for 8½ innings Toronto was beating the Yankees 4-0, and I didn't trust it. Sure enough, when we got back to the car, it was tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 10th.

It's weird, but I kind of have that same feeling now. I can't believe it actually happened. I just can't wrap my mind around this reality that has us playing the Indians on Friday at Fenway and not the Yankees. And it's a little bit scary. I mean, if we lose to the Yankees, that's one thing. We've done that before. Lots of times. We know how to lose to the Yankees. It's familiar and, because of its familiarity, it's almost comfortable. Winning is better, but if we're going to lose, might as well be to the same team we always lose to, right?

But now, if we lose, we're losing to Cleveland. If we don't win these next four to seven games, we are being defeated by the Indians. We're being beaten by a team from a Red State. And if that happens, all our old comfortable defences get basically blown out of the water. It's easy to lose to the Yankees. We know what to say, and how to act, when that happens. But that's not going to happen this year.

We're in uncharted territory now. We're on our own. We don't have the Yankees to hide behind any more.

O, brave new world, that has such baseball in't.
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[User Picture]From: dingopariah
2007-10-09 12:24 pm (UTC)
I just want to see Ellsbury on the field against the "Indians" at least once.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2007-10-09 03:48 pm (UTC)
Oh now that...yes. And it'll be fun to see Trot again...
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[User Picture]From: ron_newman
2007-10-09 03:09 pm (UTC)
We've lost to the Indians in the postseason plenty of times before -- 1998, 1995, 1948 (one-game tiebreaker)
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2007-10-09 03:45 pm (UTC)
True...but somehow...it's different
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[User Picture]From: zarchasmpgmr
2007-10-09 03:17 pm (UTC)
You assume that the Yankees are mighty. Oh, maybe in their little minds, and their fan's little minds, they are. But the rest of us know better.

It was only a long fall from their self-imposed pedestal. We saw that it was truly only about 5cm high.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2007-10-09 03:48 pm (UTC)
It's a Boston thing. And it's kinda not about the Yankees...it's Boston's "little brother complex" about New York in general.

(See also Finland-Sweden, Korea-Japan, Canada-US, Quebec-Canada, Northern California-Southern California...)
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[User Picture]From: zarchasmpgmr
2007-10-09 03:58 pm (UTC)
NorCal-SoCal? We are superior (in more ways than one - there's a good pun there)!
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2007-10-09 04:54 pm (UTC)
Right. we know that. But when people from elsewhere hear you're from "California" they tend to assume Southern.

I've been asked if I surf many, many times. I was born in Sacramento. I'm more likely to ski!
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[User Picture]From: zarchasmpgmr
2007-10-09 05:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I know how that goes. Overseas, people really don't know Los Angeles, but Hollywood? Oh, yeah, instant recognition.

So do you surf? :-)
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2007-10-09 05:22 pm (UTC)
Every day at work.
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[User Picture]From: zarchasmpgmr
2007-10-09 05:24 pm (UTC)
*rimshot*
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2007-10-09 07:36 pm (UTC)
I'll be here all week. Try the veal!
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[User Picture]From: zarchasmpgmr
2007-10-09 07:51 pm (UTC)
Tip the veal and try the waitress!
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2007-10-09 10:38 pm (UTC)
Are you sure you aren't Jewish? And dead by now?
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[User Picture]From: zarchasmpgmr
2007-10-09 10:44 pm (UTC)
No, but I lived in a Jewish neighborhood. But a lot of them were converting to Quaker. So much, so, that most of my best Jews were Friends.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2007-10-09 11:34 pm (UTC)
Oy. Vey.
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[User Picture]From: zarchasmpgmr
2007-10-10 12:03 am (UTC)
I got a million of them. You've been warned.
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[User Picture]From: world
2007-10-09 03:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah-see the post I just made, I guess I was just saying the same thing, kinda...:)
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2007-10-09 03:51 pm (UTC)
Heh. Great minds think alike!
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[User Picture]From: world
2007-10-09 03:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah...and here's another thing to chew on, on the brave new world front, which I just realized. We're not the "lovable underdogs" here, like we used to be with the Yankees-THEY are (the Indians). We've made it to the playoffs nearly every year for the past decade-this is Cleveland's first trip in quite awhile. THAT feels strange!
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[User Picture]From: zarchasmpgmr
2007-10-09 03:58 pm (UTC)
And we all know how that last trip turned out.

(Memories of clear-channeling WSB for the top of the 9th, when we were living in Arlington, TX)
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[User Picture]From: ron_newman
2007-10-09 04:27 pm (UTC)
Cleveland's been there a fair number of times lately - 1995, 96, 97, 98, 99, 2001
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2007-10-09 04:57 pm (UTC)
Wow. I didn't realise it was that often in the past 12 years. Interesting.

Huh. I guess I have "coastal" bias. I can tell you what east-coast and west-coast teams did, but those states in the middle? Not so much. I think that's why I was so amused with the Blue-vs-Red States maps after the last election...because the blue states were the states I was interested in, if that makes sense.
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[User Picture]From: ron_newman
2007-10-09 04:59 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm from Ohio, but also the Indians were the team that the Sox had to repeatedly contend with in the second half of the 1990s.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2007-10-09 05:22 pm (UTC)
Makes sense...Kind of like how I know the A's...
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[User Picture]From: kalinichta
2007-10-09 07:23 pm (UTC)
Actually, it hasn't been quite that often, if you're referring specifically to getting to the ALCS. 1995, '97, '98 and this year.

And, hey, Cuyahoga County (where Cleveland is) is a big, blue spot in the red state! Gosh darnit.

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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2007-10-09 07:35 pm (UTC)
Fair enough. Cleveland rocks, after all :-)
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[User Picture]From: kalinichta
2007-10-09 07:37 pm (UTC)
Damn straight. :D
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2007-10-09 04:59 pm (UTC)
That's true. I hadn't realised it when I wrote the post, but it sort of drifted into my consciousness later on.
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