The World Series is Here!
It is hard to believe that it has been 29 years since the last World Series Game was played in Los Angeles. Most of us expected that the Dodgers would make a repeat performance the following year. However, and regrettably, that was not to be. The years passed and the faces changed, and in many years they did not even make the playoffs let alone the World Series.
Things got so bad, that most of the fans stopped even thinking about another World Series in Los Angeles. During that time, our sports life was not a total loss since we also had the Lakers. Lately, due to their poor teams, they have not been much of a diversion.
Life was not a total loss here, since for the most part, we have fantastic weather, and we also have the Bruins and the Trojans. However, baseball has deep roots and many of us dreamed about another World Series, but that no longer seemed possible.
Then, almost without warning, a second-year manager with a home run hitting rookie outﬁ elder, and a tough closer showed up. Baseball became fun again. Bellinger was hitting home runs, and Jansen was closing the door. In addition, manager Dave Roberts was making brilliant moves that always seemed to work. He may not be a soothsayer, but he is close.
Then, miracle of miracles,Yasiel Puig decided to become a great player instead of being a pain in the posterior. Near the end of the season, things looked great, but they still had to face the Chicago Cubs, last year’s champions. Both Gonzales and Seager were injured and could not play. That was something to really worry about.
If he was worried, Roberts didn’t show it. He seemed to be having the time of his life as he made one successful move after the other. Even Al Campanis would say, “Roberts has the necessities.”
Being a traditionalist, and having lived in New York, I was hoping that the Dodgers would be playing the Yankees. I think that they would have beat the Yankees, but it would have been thrilling to see Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger in a repeat of their Home Run Derby. But, it was not to be.
To me, the Astros are a frightening team. They have a lot of good players, and they play at a high emotional level. They really intend to win every game that they play. In addition, they have a pitcher named Justin Verlander, and that for the most part he is just unhittable. To me, the scariest player on the Astros is José Altuve. If I had my way, I kidnap him for about a week. Just kidding folks, don’t take that seriously. However he is one of the most talented and ferocious players that I have ever seen. He plays with all of his heart on every play. He is an unequaled emotional force, and that is frightening.
It has taken twenty-nine long years for this to happen. Regrettably, the great Vin Scully will not be calling the game. He is simply the best there ever was, at least, in my opinion. The fans and the players are ready, so let’s play some baseball!