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Baseball season, that is. The World Series starts next Tuesday. Right now, we know the Los Angeles Dodgers are one of the teams in the World Series. The other team will either be the New York Yankees or the Houston Astros, who are tied at three wins each in their best-of-seven series, so they’ll play one more game tonight, with the winner going to Los Angeles to play the Dodgers in a best-of-seven series. The series could end as early as next Saturday or as late as a week from next Wednesday. Then, the 2017 season will be over, and the offseason begins.
I’m only mildly interested in the World Series, since neither the Chicago White Sox nor the Atlanta Braves are in it. They both had a pretty awful season, so they were done on October 1. Right now, the focus of the fans of both teams, and of the other 26 teams in the Major Leagues, is what the front offices of their teams will do between now and the beginning of next season to make the teams better: who will get traded and for whom, what free agents the team will sign, what changes in the leadership of the teams (i.e. manager, coaches, front office personnel) might take place, things like that.
Baseball is the only sport I follow with any interest. It’s the only game I understand, the only one I’ve taken any real interest in. I watch some other sports when they happen to be on TV and there’s nothing else to watch, and I was kind of a hockey fan back in grammar school, but baseball was really the only game I cared about. (Although Mary and I went through a period where we became really interested in bull riding and other rodeo sports.)
So, for most baseball fans, the season ended three weeks ago, and we wait in anticipation for the second week of February, when pitchers and catchers report to the various teams’ training camps for Spring Training. The 2018 season officially starts March 29, the earliest it’s ever started.
I can’t wait…
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