Thursday, October 22, 2009

Repeat! Repeat!

We are happy campers around this house! Last night the Phillies defeated the Dodgers to clinch the NLCS and repeat as the winners of the National League title. Having won it all last year, they return to the World Series as defending champions to face the winner of the American League playoffs. It will be either the Yankees or the Angels, with most folks believing New York will win out as they now have a 3-1 lead in the series. Yanks need one more win to be in. Now wouldn't that be something? The defending world champions facing the team who has won more world champions than any other! And New York versus Philadelphia--they're less than two hours apart by car. Philadelphia mayor said today that it would be an Amtrak series. Tons of Phillies fans at the New York games and vice versa. Can't you just imagine?

Now, I thought this would be a big problem for me, but I have discovered that it's not. As a Yankees fan from childhood and a Phillies fan most of my adult life, I wondered who I would root for if they ever faced each other. Now that it's almost a reality, I can tell my heart is with the Phillies. I am far more emotional about them, probably because I live in the area and we listen to most of the games all year. We know all the players and all the ins and outs (and ups and downs) about the team. That works up a real fan allegiance. I have trouble getting the Yankees on the radio, having kept up with them "from afar." As one last act of loyalty, I am wearing my Yankees tee shirt today as I root them on against the Angels tonight. If they don't clinch it tonight, I'll root for them until the American League winner is determined. But after that, it's all PHILLIES!!!!

Congrats to our team, who took us on quite a ride this year and now can claim the pennant for the second year in a row! GO PHILS!

Isn't it nice to have something to be happy about, even though it has little significance to life? Kind of therapeutic wouldn't you say?


Susan said...

So important to enjoy the little joys as we stand and fight the big battles and issues. We are not big sports fans but I am blessed to share in your joy and happiness.

Denise said...

Hey girl! How are you??? We love love love the World series but we are sooooooooooooooo sad and wonder what in the world happened to our red birds.. Seems that they lost their steam and just flew the coop.. hahahhahahha but I have a happy face for the series and a sad face for the Cardinals... :(

I am back to the blog and happy to be here!!!!

Sandra said...

I tried to comment on your previous blog about opinions and couldn't.
When people read your blog, they should first understand that your heart if for God and that is the purpose of your blog is to lift Him up. With that in mind they should try to understand why your beliefs are the way they are and not make ugly comments because they differ with you.

Not only is that Un-Christlike it is also Un-American.

Maxine said...

I know, Sandra. Thanks for these comments. Sad to say, many folks have a lot of bitterness inside. All we can do is pray. Sometimes I feel weary of the state of affairs, but then God told us it would be his way.

On a lighter note, Denise, about your Cardinals: Most Phillies fans were more frightened at the thought of facing them than of facing the Dodgers. In fact, we were all tickled pink that the Dodgers were the ones that had to face them in the first round. The outcome was unbelievable to most folks.

Kathy at Sumballo said...

Well, since our Rockies couldn't get in, we're rooting for the Phillies, too! It should be an exciting series.