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Barack Obama loves the Rays.

What perfect timing.  From an awesome article by Scott Helman on boston.com:

Thanks, senator, we really needed a reminder.

Barack Obama is campaigning today in, of all places, Tampa, where Red Sox fans’ hearts were broken last night in a season-ending Game 7 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. Oh, well, we pushed them to the brink, right?

As if the dateline from Obama’s event wasn’t enough salt in the wound, he chose a half-dozen Rays players to introduce him, including relief pitcher David Price, who closed the door on the Sox in the late innings. The players basked in their win, and helped Obama make a pitch for early voting, which begins today in Florida.

“Give it up for the Rays!” Obama said to cheers after giving high-fives and hugs to Price and his cohorts.

Oh, and if you didn’t think this was torture enough, this all happened at (gulp) George Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, the winter home to the New York Yankees.

“I have said from the beginning that I am a unity candidate, bringing people together,” Obama said. “So when you see a White Sox fan showing love to the Rays, and the Rays showing some love back, you know we’re onto something right here.”

Obama joked that he was going to get a mohawk, in solidarity. “My political advisers said they weren’t sure how that was going to play with swing voters,” he said.

He doesn’t have enough hair for a proper mohawk, but he sure was in the right place at the right time for some good lovin’.

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Rays Win The Pennant!

David Price was right as rain, and Florida baseball once again dealt the pain.  Bring on the Fillies!

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Happy New Year, Baseball Fans.

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Sports and Superheroes.  Two great tastes that taste great together.  Clicking that link will time travel you back one year, and Nina will be wishing luck to Dontrelle Willis in person, as he rubs my belly. 

Then you will fast forward to the present moment, just in time to see the first pitching change of 2008.  That would be the yanking of Dice-K after five innings, resulting in a two-run round-tripper by the A’s.  Followed by Brandon Moss, getting a shocking start in right for the World Champions, and smacking a ninth-inning game-tying solo shot for his first major league home run.  Extra innings in the opener in Japan?  What a sweet way to kick things off. 

The first game of the year ended with Manny showing why it is sometimes good not to wash your hair, giving the Bosox a two-run lead going into the bottom of the tenth.  Papelbon time.  The currently crowned king of closers comes out very wobbly.  A walk, a strike-out, a double.  He would have been in BIG trouble, but Moss comes up bigger, gunning down a greedy Emil Brown at third for the win.  Scintillating start to a season.  Bravo.

Maybe it’s the lingo that gets me juiced.  Maybe it’s the mythological nature of highly skilled humans playing games on a world stage while the rest of us keep track.  Maybe it’s the cards.

Whatever it is, I love baseball.  Almost as much as I love superheroes.  Both of them are alive and kicking today.  Happy New Year!

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Parting Shot.

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Wow.  Here I was, getting ready to log off for a long weekend of non-electronic recreation and recovery, and what happens?  I get quoted the front page of the Sporting News, talking smack about the bad guys.  I love this life.

Now I really am signing off for the weekend.  I’ll meet you back here on Monday.  Be well.

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