FORTY OF FIFTY-TWO: the World Series.
I do not consider myself to be a baseball fan. I went to one major league game this year (MN Twins vs. NY Yankees) for three reasons: to spend time with my daughter + her fiance, to see the new stadium, and to watch Derek Jeter play one of the final games of his career. I also went to one local game to watch my great-nephew play ball.
That's it. I didn't watch one game on TV. In fact, I didn't even THINK about baseball for most of the summer.
BUT, now it's October and I'm all in for the World Series.
If I'm being honest, it's not really about baseball. I've never heard of any of the players on either team, so it's not about them either. I think the reason I'm so hooked on the World Series is because it's so fascinating to see the players compete at such a high level and I like the fact that the fans are SO INTO IT.
I enjoy the rituals of the game and I like that the managers typically make moves pretty quickly. The pitcher gives up ONE score and gets pulled from the game. Left handed batter? Stop everything and warm up a right handed pitcher as quickly as possible. When every single game is extremely important things happen.
This year the teams are the Kansas City Royals and the San Fransisco, um, Giants? Yep that's it, the Giants. After two games the series is tied 1-1. Up until now I haven't declared either team as my favorite but I think I'll go with the Giants because I've always wanted to visit San Fransisco. Yes, that's the type of criteria I use to choose a team. Usually I go by the cutest uniforms, but to be honest, I'm not that impressed with the fashion this year.
So, GO GIANTS!
The World Series. It's one of the things I love.