One last thought about the World Series.
What we need are more Steve Pearces. More regular guys winning the World Series MVPs. More longshots and underdogs. More Rudy stories and Hoosiers stories and 1980 US Olympic hockey team stories.
That is what makes baseball so amazing. Everybody has a shot. If you are in the lineup, you have an opportunity to make a difference. When it’s your turn, it’s your chance to shine. In every other sport, the ball is in the hands, or put into the hands, of the best players at the biggest moments.
In baseball, it’s whoever is next in line.
There is a beautiful democracy to it all. The little guy has the same opportunity as everyone else.
On that all All-Star team the Boston Red Sox trotted out on a nightly basis, it was the journeyman first baseman who was a late-season acquisition for depth that had the biggest impact. And soon-to-be $300 million dollars guys like Manny Machado who had the least.
This what makes baseball the most perfect sport of all, launch angles and shifts and pitch counts and strikeouts and all aside.
So now we drift off into the off-season. Five months of hot stove and hot air.
it was one of the hardest to watch Rangers seasons. And next season looks to be the same.
So for now we can bask in the success of others. It’s going to be a long long time before we can root for our own in the World Series.