This year’s World Series has had more than the usual drama. The Cardinals lost to the Rangers in the fifth game, blaming faulty phone lines and hard of hearing receivers relaying miscommunication. The sixth game of the World Series was a nail-biter. The Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals went into overtime. The Rangers were ahead twice with two runs; the Cardinals came back both times to even the score, and then the home run that won the game in the eleventh inning.
The excitement was catching, and I’m a Phillies fan!
Despite the drama, I started a new book while watching – a book with a baseball theme seemed appropriate – Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding. On the second page, Henry, a seventeen year old shortstop with loads of potential “swapped his green Legion cap for a faded red St. Louis Cardinals one.” An omen?
“Henry imagined the same scenario as always: he was playing shortstop for the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 7 of the World Series…ahead by one, two outs, bases loaded. Make the last play and win it all.”
I had to stop reading to concentrate on the show. In my real time, it’s the fifth inning in the seventh game, and the Cardinals really are ahead by one.
At last – the seventh game is history and the Series is over. Now I can get back to my book.