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Wednesday, October 15, 2003
 
Catastrophe Narrowly Averted

Some who call themselves baseball fans have been rooting for the Cubs to actually win the NLCS. These are people, clearly, who don't understand the nature of baseball. The most conservative of sports, baseball is nothing without its traditions. There are no liberals in dugouts, and very few in the stands. Why else would the DH rule, a rather minor change and in many ways a positive one, still be spoken of decades after it was established, sometimes by fans who are younger than the rule, as an atrocity comparable to the Thirty Years War?

One celebrated tradition of baseball is that the Chicago Cubs are never to play in, much less win, the World Series. Those who lack faith in the power of the Almighty to preserve and uphold the game were prepared to think last night that the tradition was about to end. After Mike Mordechai flew out, Prior had retired 8 straight and the Cubs were 5 outs away with a fairly comfortable 3 run lead.

Fortunately one heroic fan stepped up to save the day, ably assisted by Alex Gonzalez, an excellent infielder who committed only 10 errors in the regular season. By their efforts baseball, the American way, and quite possibly the unity of the time-space continuum were preserved against all odds. After the Cubs lose tonight, all will be safe for another year.

This will have the unfortunate side effect of the Florida Marlins playing in the World Series. And since the odds are now against Boston, the cursed crew of the AL, making it, there will probably be nobody worth rooting for in the Fall Classic.



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