Wow, back to back posts. How unusual.
Well, I don't write much on the blog about baseball, but tonight was a ray of sunshine in the middle of a miserable month for the hometown Seattle Mariners. After clawing into the fringes of playoff contention by early August, a road trip where they lost all eleven games - to their division rivals, no less - pretty much blew that notion out of the water in much the same way the Bismarck went down in WW2.
After that ill-fated road trip, the team has been home to the Yankees and Red Sox this week. After surprisingly taking two of three games from the Yankees earlier, they have now taken the first two games against the Red Sox with the final game to be played on Sunday. Even better, Sue and I were at tonight's game in person.
Now, the Yankees are hated by everyone except Yankee fans, much like Man Utd in real football and the Dallas Cowboys in American football. And Yankee fans (much like the other teams mentioned) are generally pretty obnoxious. The Boston Red Sox were, until recently, the lovable underachievers who hadn't won the World Series for about a millennium. That all changed in 2004, when they did actually win the World Series again, since which time their fans have become as pleasant to be around as the aforementioned Yankee fans. So it was nice to see the hometown squad take yesterday's game from them 6-0, and then turn around and win tonight's game 4-3.
While I like to see a good play, or movie, or ballet, there's something different about sports - and that is that the outcome is not pre-determined (unless Sunderland are playing football - rimshot, please...) Tonight's game was a great example. Three times Boston took a one run lead, only to see Seattle tie the game. The game was well played and tense throughout, and the outcome was uncertain right up to the last out.
If opera were a sport, then it may not actually be over when the fat lady sings - the other team might have another fat lady ready to tie the game and maybe win it in extra innings. Or take the theatre - when was the last time you saw Sir Laurence Olivier head butt his co-star and get sent off for the last ten minutes of a west end play?
So there is something unique about sports as entertainment. And tonight was all that.