Who Won The Week? 11/3/19

10CC3057-4EEA-4C80-B8C1-700C0FC6C906It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who 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.

My pick for this week is underdogs.

This week the Washington Nationals won Major League Baseball’s World Series. They beat the Houston Astros, who finished with the best record in baseball this year, at 107-55, and who were the overwhelming favorite to win a second championship in three years.

The Nationals, on the other hand, were the decided underdog. Their chances of winning the World Series on May 24, when they had won only 19 of their first 50 games, were only 1.5 percent. And yet, in a seven-game series, where the road teams won all seven games for the first time in World Series history, the underdog Nats came out on top.

So congratulations to the Washington Nationals, who brought a World Series title to the Nation’s Capital for the first time since the Washington Senators won it all in 1924.DCB7AF22-48B7-49C8-BD00-3575BE49058FAnd now it’s your turn, folks. Who (or what) do you think won the week?

No Horse In This Race

If I don’t have a horse in the race (i.e., a favorite team that I follow closely), I will generally root for the underdog.

Take this year’s World Series, for example. The two remaining teams to meet in the fall classic were the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros. I am not a fan of either team. I would be hard pressed to name even one player from the Dodgers or Astros without Googling their team rosters. In other words, I couldn’t care less about either team.

But I am a baseball fan and I do keep up with the sport, so even though my teams were not involved in the World Series, I watched the games on TV.

The Dodgers were the favorites, which is why I decided to root for the underdog Astros. Because that’s just who I am.

It turned out to be an exceptionally exciting World Series, with the two teams duking it out in the best of seven series. When it was all over, the underdog Astros defeated the Dodgers, four games to three, to win its first World Series in franchise history.

I’m hoping that one of my favorite baseball teams will make it to the World Series next October. But if not, you can catch me rooting for the underdog once again.

Written for today’s one-word prompt, “underdog.”

No Horse In This Race

Game one of the World Series starts tomorrow night. It pits the storied Los Angeles Dodgers against the upstart Houston Astros. And despite the fact that I’m a baseball fan, I couldn’t care less which team wins the best-of-seven series.

That’s because — at the risk of mixing metaphors — I have no horse in this race. I didn’t last year, either, but because the Chicago Cubs, who hadn’t won a World Series in a thousand years, were playing, I was pulling for them.

I closely follow two Major League Baseball teams and both of them went down in flames this season. One lost close to 100 games and was never in contention. The other, despite winning its division, crapped out in the first round of the playoffs. Oh well.

In the meantime, there’s football and basketball to keep me at least somewhat interested in professional sports until baseball resumes in the spring.

And, as I say at the end of almost every baseball season, “maybe next year.”