Maybe Next Year

This post is about baseball. If you couldn’t care less about baseball, please feel free to skip this short post. I promise I won’t hold it against you.

The Major League Baseball season is over. Well, it’s over for the teams that didn’t make the playoffs. Like my favorite team, the Boston Red Sox, and my two local favorites, the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A’s.

The Red Sox ended the season dead last in the American League East, 21 games behind their arch rivals, the New York Yankees. And yet, with a 78-84 record, there were 13 teams across both the American and National leagues with worse records, including the Oakland A’s, which lost 102 of its 162 games this season.

The Giants, who won 107 games last year, managed to finish at 500 this year, with an 81-81 record. But even though they ended in a third place finish in the National League West, they were a whopping 30 games behind their arch rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers, who had the best record in the Majors this year, with 111 wins against only 51 losses.

So, with the post-season playoffs about to get underway, which teams will I be rooting for? Yawn, who cares? All I can say at this juncture, when it comes to the Red Sox, the Giants, and the A’s, is “Maybe next year.”

East Versus West

Ever since we relocated from the Boston area to San Francisco more than a dozen years ago, I have been dreaming of a Word Series showdown between my old and new hometown baseball teams, the Boston Red Sox and the San Francisco Giants. But that has not come to pass.

It almost happened last year, when both the Red Sox and the Giants made the playoffs. But neither team made it to the World Series.

I also wished that the AFC’s New England Patriots might face-off against the NFC’s San Francisco 49ers is the NFL Super Bowl. But that hasn’t happened either.

And then there is basketball. Wouldn’t it be great if the Boston Celtics could play the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals Championship Series?

Well guess what? For the first time since 2010, the Celtics are in the NBA Finals after winning their series against the Miami Heat. And the Warriors are returning to the Finals for the time since 2019 after beating the Dallas Mavericks. Yay!

So who am I going to be rooting for to win the 2022 NBA Championship? Well, if it were baseball, I’d be pulling for the Red Sox. If it were football, probably the Pats. Or maybe the 49ers. Kind of a toss-up. But between the Celtics and the Warriors, I’ve got to tip my hat to the Warriors.

Public Service Announcement

Fandango’s Who Won The Week post, which is regularly scheduled each week for this time slot, will be postponed until this evening, Pacific time, after the completion of the NFC Championship game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams.

In the event that the San Francisco 49ers win the game tonight, Who Won the Week will be posted this evening declaring the 49ers to be not only the NFC champions, but the winner of the coveted Fandango’s Who Won the Week designation.

Should the Rams win tonight’s game, there will be no Who Won the Week winner this week.

I’m just sayin’.

Who Won the Week — 10/24/2021

The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

I was really looking forward to this week’s edition of Who Won the Week. My plan was to name the Boston Red Sox as the winner of the American League (baseball) championship, who would be playing in the World Series against the National League champs, the San Francisco Giants.

Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. The Giants were eliminated early on by losing the National League divisional playoff to the Los Angeles Dodgers. But the Red Sox prevailed in their series against the Tampa Bay Rays to live another day. But the Sox were eliminated by losing the AL championship series to the Houston Astros and the Dodgers were shocked by the surprising Atlanta Braves in the NL championship series.

So my winners this week are the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves, who will face each other in Major League Baseball’s World Series starting this coming Friday.

Who am I going to be rooting for to win the World Series? Quite honestly, with the Red Sox and the Giants out of it, I couldn’t care less.

What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?

Shattered Dream

The Red Sox did what they had to do, but the Giants faltered. Ten days ago I wrote a post sharing how I was dreaming about the potential of a World Series this year between the Boston Red Sox and the San Francisco Giants. Well, the Red Sox did their part by first beating the New York Yankees in the American League Wild Card game and then besting the Tampa Bay Rays in their best-of-five divisional series.

But last night, the Giants were unable to bring it home, losing — at home — to their arch rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers, in the best-of-five National League divisional series in a heartbreaking game, and thereby dashing my dream of a Red Sox-Giants World Series.

Now the Red Sox have to face the Houston Astros in the best-of-seven American League Championship series, the winner of which will go on to the World Series to face off against the winner of the National League Championship series between the LA Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves.

If the Sox can get past the Astros, they’ll be in the World Series, and at least half of my dream will be realized. Go Sox!