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In the end

Batting cleanup, this fall morning:

“It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoon and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone. You count on it, you rely on it to buffer the passage of time, to keep the memory of sunshine and high skies alive, and then, just when the days are all twilight, when you need it most, it stops.”

Full credit is due, by the by, to Mike Mussina and Mariano Rivera. They both pitched very well. If I were a Yankees fan, I would be overwhelmed with Rivera’s three innings of relief. They didn’t pitch well enough to overcome Clemens’ outing, but they deserve credit for taking advantage of Grady’s Folly.

As for 2004? I still believe.


  1. I’m sorry, Bryant.

    I’m not such a baseball/Yankees fan that it would have broken my heart to see the Red Sox win last night.

    And at least the Red Sox didn’t blow a 3-1 series lead like the Cubs.

    The Red Sox (and the Cubs, and the White Sox and the…) have to win sometime. After all, Tampa Bay, the only NFL team ever to have a winless season, won a Super Bowl.

  2. Heh. Yes. We had a much better series than the Cubs, and Grady Little didn’t blow out any young arms.

    I really do feel like the Red Sox had an exceptional, world-class year. And how can I complain about that?

  3. As a Yankees fan, all credit to the Sox for making us (yes, I’m using the fan “us”) work for a berth in the Series.

    I was disappointed the Cubs didn’t make it as well.

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