After each Ranger game this October, the sports fans of my dental school class usually have something to say to me about the previous night/day’s game. From bullpen usage to pinch hitters, they typically want to hear what I have to say about the decisions being made on and off the field that affect the Rangers and their bid to follow the Mavs as world champs. I don’t know what or who the Mavs are, but apparently they won something called the NBA Finals last summer just as baseball season was about to break for All-Star festivities. If you’ve been reading my stuff on this site for long, you know that October is the worst month at the Baylor College of Dentistry each month. It is referred to as Black October because it is full of midterm exams, progress exams, presentations, etc. Nevertheless, for me at least, whatever is happening at school must take a backseat to whatever is happening in baseball. Two nights ago I had to move my bedroom TV into the living room so I could watch both LCS games and simultaneously study for my pediatrics exam, which I had at 7:40 the following morning. I surely did quite poorly on the exam, but I also was able to watch two pretty fantastic games. Perspectives, right?
The baseball fans of my class as well as several faculty members and their baseball-related questions make my experience at dental school much more enjoyable, and, despite the fact that BCD tries so hard to make October suck, this month is still the best month of the year. 2011 is uniquely terrific because such a high percentage of the game’s truly elite hitters and pitchers were/are on playoff teams. Evan Longoria, David Price, CC, Doc, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Chase Utley, Robinson Cano, Tex, Grandelay, Justin Upton, James Shields, and those are just some of the guys who have already been eliminated. The remaining players and teams are so evenly matched and the games have been so competitive that the baseball world has been collectively drooling since the last week of September.
As we watch the NFL and NBA unions collectively fail their fans and their sports altogether, we baseball fans are reminded this time of year how lucky we are that we have the game that we do. Honestly, how is the NFL players’ union going to allow for HGH testing? That league is in very serious danger. What NFL player isn’t on H? The kickers? Maybe. And the NBA has already cancelled games because of labor disputes. This might be baseball’s chance to take back what it is rightly due, the hearts of sports fans nationwide.
What we baseball nuts can do for the sport during this month is realize that no matter what is going on in our lives, we must continue to make time for the game. The people we surround ourselves with on a daily basis must constantly be reminded how awesome the game is and how lucky we are to have a month long holiday where we are encouraged to celebrate it. So as the World Series approaches and with both LCS’s very evenly matched and close, remember how lucky we are to have a game to follow that provides us thousands of games a year at the highest level to follow and love. This is the culmination of another terrific year. Thanks for reading The Sombrero and sticking with us as Arlo worked through whatever malware bullshit was going on here a couple of weeks ago. Happy October baseball fans!