I’m lovin’ me this World Series. It is THE best series we have ever watched. But two nagging concerns are starting to dampen my enthusiasm.
1. Fox HAD two trot out the two Bushies–Dubya and his dad, the Female Posterior Pincher-In-Chief (“Know who my favorite magician is? David Cop-A-Feel”. True quote from GWHB) to throw out the first pitch. As I saw Astros players applauding for the “now” 2nd worst president in modern history and his daddy, the sexual harasser (he thinks his jokes put women at ease and according to one of his aides, some women don’t mind being goosed by the ex-prez when they’re trapped next to him during a photo op) I changed my allegiance and started cheering for the Dodgers. But then the Astros are SO scrappy and competitive and combative I had to swing back to them, damn it!
2. The ball is definitely juiced. Home runs just don’t fly into the stands in those numbers in inside ballparks (the Minute Maid Park roof has been closed) in those numbers, even though there have been a few WS where homers were hit in almost as great a volume. But what is definite (pitchers and pitching coaches from both teams agree) is that the ball is slicker than during the season. It’s made from a different cowskin and the grain is different. Consequently, pitchers can’t grasp it as tightly, even when it’s mudded down by their pitching coaches. So what this means is that for every pitcher where the slider is their bread and butter, they can’t can’t it over the plate for a strike so…they’re not throwing it. Instead we’re seeing only fastballs (including cutters), changeups and curves. And curves have been out of the MLB pitchers’ repertoire for years according to John Smoltz on TV last night. In fact all through the Series he’s been talking about how pitchers haven’t been able to throw sliders. So, the batters basically have only 3 pitches to look for, the ball is juiced, and so they’re jacking more long balls out into the stands.
It makes for an exciting series but now I feel like I’ve been played, as in manipulated. I love home runs but it feels like there are way too many of them in this Series. It lends an aura of fakeness to this Series, but what a metaphor for the guy in the White House that we all have to endure right now, and how ironic that Fox’s “news” division with ITS fake news coverage helped put him there.