Thursday, October 12, 2006

Just A Dream

As you all know I leave tomorrow for Vegas. What you don't know is that I don't want to go now. What? You say. Yes, that's right. I really don't want to go. A trip I've been planning since freaking January. Why? You ask. Because yesterday I got a phone call from GtG saying, "I have tickets to Saturday's game, right at 3rd base." My head literally hit my desk! OUCH! Double ouch! Yes, it's supposed to be 80 in Vegas and I'm going to see my Little Brother, but to be at the game where the Tigers could possibly clinch their first trip to the World Series since 1984? As those credit card commercials say, PRICELESS! You have no idea how bummed I am. I could be sitting at Tiger Stadium (yes, I know it's not called Tiger Stadium, but in my book that's where the Tigers play, not some stupidly corporately named ballpark) freezing to death, but watching my boys, the boys I've watched be diabolically bad for the past five or so years (yes, it's been longer than that, but I was living in the Bay Area before that, although I did go to a few A's games when the Tigers came to town) show the rest of the city that they're worthy of our love. I remember sitting at one of the last games of the season last year with GtG and him asking me what I'd change on the team to make it better. We went position by position and there wasn't a single person I wanted to change. We had Magglio in right field (love him and his curls), Curtis (my favorite Swede – or not – in center), Craig in left, Chris Shelton at first (I'm so sad he tanked so badly after his outrageous hitting start), Placido at 2nd (I love everything about him, from his bald head to insane playmaking and out-getting, to say nothing of his hitting), Carlos Guillen at shortstop (I can't even tell you how much I love him and what he does for this team), my Brandon at 3rd, of course. Others might want to dump My Brandon, but we all know I won't ever be on that bandwagon. Then we have Pudge behind the plate with Vance Wilson backing him up. Poor Vance doesn't get to play in the postseason, probably, unless Pudge gets hurt and we certainly don't want that. He's been calling some absolutely stellar games. And our pitching? I wanted to see them all come back and show that they could do it. We picked up Kenny Rogers in the postseason and I have to admit I was skeptical due to his age and our experience with Troy Percival. Thankfully that pick-up worked out really well.

Being a Detroiter, I was willing to give Alan Trammell the last year on his contract and when they fired him the day after the season ended and then announced that they hired Jim Leyland, I said, "He better have this team winning big-time or people will not be happy about the firing of Alan Trammel." And look at that, nobody even thinks about poor #3 anymore, at least, not as a manager.

So, instead of being at Game 4 on Saturday, I'll be in Vegas in some SportsBook watching the game with my brother (not a bad thing, by any stretch of the imagination) and his Bay area friends (one of whom is a HUGE A's fan) and wishing like hell I were there and straining to see if I can find GtG in the crowd and see who lucked into my ticket because I'm a dumbass and planned a trip in mid-October. Damn me! I so suck.

10 Comments:

At Thursday, 12 October, 2006, Anonymous dreadmouse said...

That does suck... but I hope your brother doesn't read your blog!

Even worse, if they lose then it's your fault for not being there, and if they win then you can't go to any more games!

 
At Thursday, 12 October, 2006, Blogger Kathleen said...

Mouse - Nope, he knows about it, but has expressed no interest in it. Besides, he would understand, especially since he's coming home next weekend.

The last game of the regular season that they won, I was at, so I can go to a game if they win on Saturday. Don't you worry your pretty little head about that! ;-)

 
At Thursday, 12 October, 2006, Blogger trinamick said...

I've never been to a baseball game, so Vegas would be more entertaining from my perspective. But I don't watch games on TV either, so I wouldn't be doing that in Vegas. The 80 degrees sounds much better than freezing my butt off anywhere.

 
At Friday, 13 October, 2006, Blogger LL said...

Well... in defense of your making vacation plans for October... It's not like the boys have had standing reservations in the playoff department for the last 20 years or so...

 
At Friday, 13 October, 2006, Blogger Heather said...

That's so horrible!! I'm sorry you have to miss out on such an awesome opportunity. Vegas, though, is a lot of fun. Hope you have a safe trip!

 
At Saturday, 14 October, 2006, Anonymous Urs said...

Magglio Ordonez looks like the crazy lady downstairs.

 
At Saturday, 14 October, 2006, Blogger LL said...

Oh Kath... they just clinched. I'm feelin' for you...

Here's hopin' you get the same seats for the Series!

 
At Monday, 16 October, 2006, Blogger Heather said...

Congrats to you Tigers!! I'll be rooting for them!

 
At Wednesday, 18 October, 2006, Blogger Kathleen said...

Trina - It's much better in person - and when the team is winning in the playoffs, the stadium is electric.

LL - I know, but it still sucks.

Heather - Vegas would have been better if there hadn't been significant baseball being played in Detroit.

Urs - OH NO!!! Don't insult my Magglio like that!!! Now I'll never be able to look at him the same way again!

LL - Now to find WS tickets that won't break the bank!

Heather - You're so sweet!!! Thanks.

 
At Wednesday, 18 October, 2006, Blogger Beth said...

Wow, what a bummer! I'm never said to anyone, "I'm sorry about your upcoming vacation," but I am ... sorry about it!

 

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