Saturday, October 04, 2014

Baseball Overdose

It is October. October is a time for overdosing on baseball before the winter winds and drifting snows cover the greens of summer. I haven't had a lot of chances so far, but tonight is amazing. As I write this the score is tied between the Giants and the Nationals. It is the top of the 17th inning!. That is almost two solid games in one. Right now it is close to 5 hours and 45 minutes into the game.

The score is 1-1. That means it has been a pitchers' duel. It was 1-0 in the top of the 9th when the Giants tied it.

The announcers are getting giddy. They have no idea what to say.

It is now going to the bottom of the 17th inning. Meanwhile, out in Los Angeles it is the bottom of the 5th inning. That was the game I was starting to watch when I realized the other was in extra innings.

Pitchers' duels are boring to watch- yet actually quite exciting. Watching some incredible pitches that are swung at and missed; called strikes that are argued about- and get people ejected from the game. You know that any single mistake by the pitcher- a pitch that gets away, an error on an outfielder- could end the game in an instant. So you sit entranced.

The wonders of baseball. I love it.

By the way, the game is now the longest game (by time) in post-season history- over six hours.

Who wins? Check your local paper.

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