I’m not sure if it makes it easier or harder to swallow when your team drops 10 out of their last 11 games, and you know it’s NOT because they’ve given up. They’re not strolling around lackadaisically with their heads hung low. They really seem to be trying; diving into potential injury, leaving blood, sweat, tears, and sometimes eyeballs (sorry Enc) scattered all over the field. As LaRussa has been known to say, they’re playing a hard nine. It’s just that their hardest isn’t as good as their opponents’. The pieces that are left after you factor in all of the regular players that they’ve lost this year to injuries, surgeries, rehab, death… well, they just don’t seem to be enough.
They’re not eliminated mathematically, but it seems to be inevitable. The defending World Champions are likely to finish the season well under .500. And I have to be able to say, that’s okay. You just can’t be dominant EVERY year. We will always have 2006! It’s just too bad that the doors we’re leaving open this year happen to be for the Chicago Cubs.
Oh yeah, and I will happily add my Tony LaRussa bobblehead (closing day stadium promotion) to my collection, even on the cusp of his probable departure from the team. (But that’s a subject for another post!)