Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Let the World Series Begin....

When the Washington National defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series, Bob Carpenter, the Nats play-by-play announcer  proclaimed "a World Series is coming to Washington DC!" 

Baseball is a special game for many reasons, one being that the championship series visits and competes in the home cities of both teams, more often than not out of doors! A World Series hasn't visited our nation's capital since 1933, and the Nats will be making their first appearance in the Fall Classic after several heartbreaking, failed attempts to get there. (NB: there is an interesting lineage of sports teams inside the Beltway; this is the first time this particular franchise has made it).
The Astros are favored to win, but this D.C. squad is not to be underestimated. Known as the "Washington Miracles," they got into the Series by coming back in the 8th inning to defeat the Milwaukee Brewers, only to defeat a team with the best record in MLB—the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games. They didn't once trail in the NLCS boxscores sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals, so the 115th World Series will be interesting.

Although a good friend of mine prefers the regular season to the drama of the October baseball, I don't. I love the energy and intensity behind ever pitch, hit, run and out. No lead is ever safe. No steal goes unpunished. America's past time earns its stripes, it's red, white and blue as our days shorten and nights grow a little colder. So the next few postings will address my love for a game that reveals what is visible and invisible. 

I will share a podcast that speaks about Baseball and the Spiritual Life—why and how this game can be a road to God. You can watch a talk that deconstructs much more than why the 2016 Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians, and all that W meant for Chicagoland. You'll discover what every fan ought to eat at a World Series parade, should you be a citizen in the lucky metropolitan area of the soon-to-be crowned 2019 champions. And, if you are fortunate enough to go to a game in Washington DC, I have a wonderful Mass recommendation for you below. (I have not gone to World Series game. Always said I would rob a bank in order to go....and then the Giants got there in 2010, 2012, and 2014. NB: No banks were robbed. No Fall Classic for me...yet). So let's start with that: Nats Mass 2.0

There's only one thing left to say: Play Ball!

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