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?