Friday, October 28, 2011

Breaking the Silence

I haven't blogged in a long time.  I've been busy.  Sometimes too busy to blog, other times busy enough to tell myself I don't have time.

Either way, today I break the silence on my blog.

I'm generally a deep sleeper, but this morning I heard an alarm go off at exactly 5:20am.

BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP...

I don't move.

Another alarm coming from across the room goes off.

BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP...

I don't move.

The alarm on my phone, which is right next to me, starts going off.  I hear it.

My final alarm goes off.  This one, instead of a beep, plays a radio station loudly.

I continue to lay there.

This goes on for about 20 minutes until I decide I should get up and do something about it.  I didn't want to.  I didn't want to wake up and deal with the aftermath of last night.

I so very much love baseball.  It's merely a coincidence that I live in the DFW area.  So, based on my proximity to The Ballpark, I am a Rangers fan.  I suppose that if I lived in Baltimore, I would love the O's.  Colorado, the Rockies.  You get the point.  Make no mistake about it though, I pour many hours into cheering on my beloved Rangers, whether at The Ballpark or on TV, against any foe.

This team surprised us all, and I do mean all of us, by making it to the World Series last year.  It was so glorious, beating the evil Yankees to get there.  Though the Giants won in 5 games, beating the Yankees was our mountain top... Last Year.

This year we want more.  We want to win the World Series.  They just don't hand out World Series rings, they're more elusive than that.  To get to the World Series in consecutive years is a feat on it's own.  For this franchise to force a team to an elimination game in the World Series is a whole new thing for those of us who have lived through the bad years. 

Last night was an elimination game for the Cardinals.  Their backs were up against the wall.  Much to the chagrin of Cardinals fans, in the bottom of the 9th they were only a strike away from being eliminated. 

But, World Series rings are more elusive than that.

Then, it was destiny... Josh Hamilton, the real life Roy Hobbs, hits a two-run Home Run in the 10th inning of Game 6.  He's been hurt for most of the playoffs, playing with a hurt groin.  But, in the 10th inning, he put his team and this fanbase on his back and with a swing of the bat said, "I've got this."

But, World Series rings are more elusive than that.

I won't continue on with a description of the events in the bottom of the 10th or the 11th inning.  I'll just say that we play again in less than 3 hours.

I've had a day full of mind-racing, trying to figure out how that happened last night.  I've been pretty speechless, until now.  Here it is...

I love baseball, now I need baseball to love me back.  "It's Time."