It's 5:45 Sunday morning and forgive me for going off-topic for a post here. It's what I do to cope with a cat that throws up - only in the middle of the night I might add. Why can't she do it at least during the day when I'm awake?
Many of you know about my passion for Dodger baseball. I even attended Thursday's game just to see Mr. Ramirez's return (and he thanked me by going 1 for 4). It was awful - the Houston Astro's outfield barely had to lift a finger and what does that tell you? Friday's game was even worse, but I was mercifully spared that spectacle. After Friday, we (meaning everyone within a 50 mile radius of Los Angeles) were ready to throw in the towel.
How spoiled are we? The Dodgers have the best team in baseball and have been in that position almost since the beginning of the year and have never lost 3 games in a row. This has been a spectacular year, to say the least. And they lose two in a row and people start to panic. "We were on our way to the World Series and now they're having a meltdown!!!"
Dodger fans have a reputation of being -- let's use a euphemism here - mercurial - and have the shortest memory of any fan base that I know of. And kill me for saying this, but many times you learn more from the games you lose than the games you win. (I can hear the collective gasp from my Dodger friends right now - don't make me pay for lunch today for that statement!) At least that's what my high school P.E. coach told me, but it may have been just to appease us when we were losing our 10th straight in volleyball. After a while you being to lose track of what you're learning.
Don't panic. Just hang loose like Manny here. Which they did on Saturday and beat the Astros 5-2. Take one day or game at a time and stop thinking about what will happen tomorrow. You can't get to the World Series by not paying attention to today's game.
Now if I could just get that cat of mine to stop waking me at 4 in the morning. Where's the learning lesson there?
P.S. I didn't take the photo - wish I did. Jae Hong of AP took it.