Thursday, September 6, 2007

Ankiel Seems to Have a Thing for October...

I don't really know what's going on in the St. Louis/Pittsburgh game, except that St. Louis is up by a lot.

And that Rick Ankiel has two home runs today.

I think we've now passed from the Roy Hobbs to the Okay, Enough, to the Get Hollywood Ready, and we're now at: Jeez, Rick, you really like October, don't you?

This is where being a purist gets to be the most fun, when the truly amazing occurs.

There's no other way to describe it.

Rick Ankiel is single-handedly willing St. Louis to the postseason.

If St. Louis, a team like the Yankees considered dead at the end of May, holds on and wins today, and they're up 16-3, they'll have a share of the NL Central FIRST PLACE.

[edit]: Okay, the Cardinals are one game out...but TIED in the loss column.

You know, I used to think that if there was ever a Yankees/Cubs World Series, I'd be torn, because I bleed pinstripes, but, damn, it's the Cubs.....but now I'm thinking, it's getting harder and harder to not root for St. Louis this year.


The death of Josh Hancock
The injuries to Chris Carpenter and Scott Rolen
The problems of Scott Spezio (best wishes here)
The horrifying injury to Juan Encarnacion (Again, my thoughts and prayers are with him)

If that's not adversity, I don't know what is.

And now we have Rick Ankiel, saying 'Y'know what, I really like baseball. I also really like October. Wouldn't it be fun to play baseball in October?'

This is not to say that the Yanks haven't had their share of adversity, what with injuries to Mientkewiecz, Giambi, Wang in April, Hughes in May, the death of Scooter, etc...

Sometimes you can just feel it.

Yanks-Cards in the 2007 World Series.

You heard it here first.


  1. I will take that World Series matchup.

  2. Good to know I'm not completely off my rocker!

  3. That would be so cool!!!
    It would be good to even the score with the Cards, too, since they have beaten us in 3 Series [including 1926, which ended when The Babe got gunned down trying to steal second!!] and we have returned the favour in two. It would be just my luck, too - I am moving to Norfolk around October 1st =:-0
    Ankiel DOES seem to be channeling the Babe, or something superhuman, though. Man....

  4. Charles--I wasn't even aware of that, the Yankees and Cards previous WS history!

    Ankiel is superhuman. If it comes to a duel between him and Shelley I'm not sure I want to watch!

  5. If the Red Sawx and Chisox can not only break their WS appearance droughts, but manage to win titles, then the Cubbies should at least get their shot this year. Would I take a NY-ST. Lou matchup, though? Of course - way too much history there to pass up that matchup occuring again.