Joan Walsh will undoubtedly blame it on our East
, but we've had a tough time getting excited for
this year's World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Texas
Rangers. In this way, we are like the rest of America, whose general
apathy towards mediocre baseball has yielded historically low ratings
for this year's Fall Classic.
Credit San Francisco and
Dallas-Forth Worth's local sports columnists for their insistence that
this World Series is about more than whether the third base coach from Moneyball
beat a team whose best player is Aubrey
. Apparently, it's a metaphor for America's red state-blue
state divide, an undercard bout before the main event of Tuesday's
midterm elections. The Giants are the hometown team of Nancy Pelosi and a
trendy pick among pious liberals. ("San Francisco doesn't deserve to
win the World Series. Maybe every resident deserves a Nobel Prize for
being so dang enlightened. But, please, save baseball's highest
achievement for a bunch of Regular Joes who earned it," advised Dallas
Morning News columnist Steve
last week.) The Rangers, once owned by George W. Bush,
represent the GOP noise machine. (Up 3-1 with a chance to eliminate the
Rangers tonight, the Giants "appear ready to do for blue state America
what the Democrats seem incapable of doing:win big," marveled Bruce
in the San Jose Mercury News.)
Considering the first
two games at AT&T Park in San Francisco featured, in the words of
ESPN baseball writer Howard Bryant
"so much weed in the air...I could float down to the main press box"
and the first pitch at last night's game in Arlington was thrown out by George
while George H.W. Bush looked on, we must admit these
comparisons are not without merit.
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