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Maybe Next Year

I've been following baseball since I was about 11 years old.   I've always loved the game and since I'm a White Sox fan I haven't seen a lot of postseason baseball from my team.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining.  I've enjoyed watching the team win or lose.  Of course, it's more enjoyable to watch them win, but I've always loved the game of baseball more than any other sport.

2005 was a magical year because the White Sox won their first World Series in 88 years.  They've had some decent seasons since then, but nothing really for the history books.  Until this year...or so I thought. 

This season the team's official slogan was:  Appreicate the game.  To me that meant: We're not going to be very good, but come to the park anyway.  There were not high expectations for this year's club.  Most experts expected them to win about 70 to 75 games and finish in third or fouth place.

That's not what happened.  The Sox suprised everyone (maybe even themselves) and led the American League Central Division for about 117 days of the season.  In fact, it looked as if the team was destined for the playoffs.  With just 16 games left, they had a three game lead over the Detroit Tigers.  Basically all the Sox had to do was play .500 baseball and they would be in the playoffs.

They didn't.  The team fell apart and the Tigers (the team most experts thought would win the division) ended up as AL Central Champs.

In the past I would have been devastated.  I'll admit it stings a bit that they came so close, but didn't make it.  However, I have a better October surprise as my wife, Lindsay and I are expecting our first child.

I wonder if the fact that I'm about to have a son or daughter is putting baseball in perspective? 
Probably not.  One of the gifts Lindsay and I received is a mini-White Sox jersey.  You bet baby will be wearing it soon!


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10/04/2012 11:30AM
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10/04/2012 12:22PM
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Jonathan - yes, you will find less time for baseball and more time for diapers, kindergarten soccer and band concerts. All part of the parent deal. The Sox did a tremdendous choke in the last 2 weeks - and sadly the more talented (and expensive) teamwon. But at least the Cubs lost 100 games - so there is some justice in the world your daughter will soon be born into. Mike Z
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