Thursday, November 18, 2004

Dear Readers! (Cont.)

Please heed SuperNoVa's request for comments! You should know that each of us have ample experience in following teams that have had very down years, and can steel you for the experience. I am a Phillies fan, the only one of the original sixteen that has never had the best record in baseball, and were also the last team before the Expos to be owned by MLB. SuperNoVa is a fan of the White Sox, who now inherit the American League's "cursed team" mantle thanks to the BoSox win. Dexys is a Mets fan, and while they have won the Series most recently, there are always years like this. Also, if you would indicate what team you follow (or used to follow!), that would be interesting to us. I see the Nats as like America in the early 20th Century -- we are each coming to them as immigrants from some other baseball land, each with its own customs and experience, ready to be assimilated in the great melting pot of mediocre baseball!

8 Comments:

At 5:23 PM, Blogger DM said...

You know Dexys, I don't mean to rub it in, but looking at that 1993 Mets team, they had a difference of -14 between actual wins and Pythagorean wins. That's gotta be a record. Frankly, I think it is evidence that they were throwing some games.

 
At 10:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a baseball fan in Chapel Hill, N.C. Any team in Washington would be my new home team - Baltimore is closest team to me now, 50 miles closer than Atlanta. Go Nats!

 
At 1:24 PM, Blogger DM said...

Welcome, Anonymous! You seem to have the right outlook for the Nats, considering you are waiving your right to root for a team (Atlanta) that has gone to the playoffs every year for the LAST 14 YEARS !!! That`s the spirit we are looking for!

 
At 1:49 PM, Blogger SuperNoVa said...

DM, I find going to the playoffs so unnecessary. I mean, isn't 162 games enough? Why prolong the season? If you haven't had enough fun in 162 games, you're just not a baseball fan. I mean, a World Championship? Gawd, think of how many times the Yankees have won the World Series - it's so gauche. If winning a whole bunch of World Series makes you into a Yankees fan, then I say "No, sir, 72-90 for me!"

 
At 4:29 PM, Blogger DM said...

Sadly, SNV, you are correct. After 162 games of the 2004 Phillies (more like 135 games) I did have my fill. No need to watch that crew in action anymore. I had seen enough.

 
At 10:53 AM, Blogger dexys_midnight said...

Imagine how few games it takes if your opening day starter is, let's say...Tanyon Sturtze

 
At 2:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

SuperNoVa is a fan of the White Sox, who now inherit the American League's "cursed team" mantle thanks to the BoSox win.Uh, even if Boston hadn't won it all this year, the Red Sox would have won the World Series more recently than the White Sox (1918 to 1917). So wouldn't the Chisox have been "cursed" all along? Or did they simply not meet the cultural and demographic requirements of the Bosox and Cubs (landmark ballpark, upscale fan base, etc.)?

 
At 7:15 AM, Blogger DM said...

Thanks to Anonymous for pointing out that the White Sox have not won since 1917, a longer span than the Red Sox. I'm sure SuperNoVa will appreciate being reminded of that once again.

But curses are not merely a function of chronology. The Red Sox curse is more well known due to the spectacular failures they had over the years (1946, 1949, 1967, 1975, 1978, 1986, 2003), particularly to New York based teams.

The White Sox aren't even the best-known cursed team in their city. Maybe now they will get their due.

 

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