Los Angeles Dodgers lose second World Series in a row

The Los Angeles Dodgers lost to the Boston Red Sox last night 5-1, earning the Red Sox their fourth World Series win since 2004. Since I love the Dodgers and hate the Red Sox, that’s all I’m going to say on the matter.

Except this: the Dodgers are now halfway to becoming the Buffalo Bills of Major League Baseball.

Yay sports!

Los Angeles Dodgers beat Boston Red Sox 3-2 in the 18th inning

Thanks to Max Muncy hitting a walk-off homer in the 18th inning, the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Boston Red Sox 3-2 early this morning. The Red Sox are now up 2-1 in the 2018 World Series.

The game lasted seven hours and 20 minutes. It ended at 12:30 am Los Angeles time. Considering the game took twice as long as a regular game to play, it’s a pity the Dodgers didn’t get awarded two wins from last night’s contest. Unfortunately, that’s not the way baseball works.

Considering how long the game lasted, I’m guessing my DVR failed to record the last four hours of the game. That’s what I get for not staying up until 3:30 am Hagerstown time to watch it live.

I hate postseason Dodgers baseball

There are only a few things I hate in life: the music of Jimmy Buffett, dolphins. Reebok, racial bigotry, and postseason Dodgers baseball.

The reason I find postseason Dodgers baseball to be so detestable is its finality. I’m used to baseball not really mattering all that much. Your favorite team can have a terrible game and it’s not really as emotionally crushing because they will play again tomorrow. Unless they’re the 2018 Baltimore Orioles, they’ll most likely play better. Playing every day makes losing or terrible play much more palatable.  The next day’s game erases the earlier game’s stink. At least it does in your mind.

Post-season baseball is not like that.

I cannot even watch postseason Dodgers games

I cannot even watch the Los Angeles Dodgers play in the postseason, not live. I’ve lived in Maryland for almost 24 years, but I grew up in Los Angeles County. The first Major League Baseball game I ever saw in person was a Dodgers game. I’ve been to more Dodgers games than Orioles games. No matter how long I’ll live in Maryland, the Dodgers will be in my DNA. It’s because of this fact that I can’t watch the Dodgers in the postseason. At least not live. I get too worked up.

This World Season is especially bad because I hate the Red Sox. Mostly I hate Red Sox fans. Most of them are obnoxious pricks, especially those who don’t live in the New England area.

When the Dodgers lost last year’s World Series, it wasn’t as demoralizing as it could have been because I don’t hate the Houston Astros. They’ve been mired in the suck for so long, as a sports fan, I couldn’t help but admire their turnaround. Plus, I’m a big fan of ugly uniforms. The old Astros unis are so ugly, they look good. I’ve wanted a throwback Astors jersey for years now.

The Houston Astros throwback jersey is so ugly it looks good.

That’s not going to happen this year if the Dodgers end up losing the World Series. If anything, it will cause me to hate the Red Sox even more. I’m not even sure that’s possible.

Manny Machado on the precipice of going to the Dodgers

It appears Manny Machado will be wearing Dodgers blue, at least until the end of the season. The Baltimore Orioles and the Los Angeles Dodgers are close to working out a trade that would send the 2018 Orioles’ lone All-Star to the Dodgers for the rest of the season. Machado becomes a free-agent in 2019 meaning he will be the starting shortstop for the 2019 New York Yankees.

I am a fan of both the Dodgers and the Orioles

I’ve been afraid of this trade for a while now. There are two teams I support, the Dodgers and the Orioles. I support the Dodgers because they’re the team of my youth. I grew up in Los Angeles County and even though I haven’t lived there since I joined the Air Force in 1984, I still have nothing but love for the Dodgers. My other team is the Baltimore Orioles. I’ve lived here in Maryland since getting out of the Air Force in 1994 and I’ve watched them on TV and gone to Orioles games since then.

I do not like Manny Machado

I’ve been afraid of this trade because I knew the Dodgers needed a shortstop and because I do not like Manny Machado. I’ll be glad when he’s no longer with the Orioles, but I don’t like the idea of him being with the Dodgers.

My dislike for Machado was a gradual thing that took years to build up into the crescendo of contempt that it is today. First, there was the time he got pissy and threw a bat at Oakland Athletics’ fielders during a game. Machado acted like an asshat the entire series with Oakland, but it was the throwing of the bat that earned him a 5-game suspension. As far as I was concerned, he was on my own personal double-secret probation for that public display of dickishness.

Manny Machado turned his back on his country

The final straw was when he chose to play for the Dominican Republic instead of Team USA in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Machado is an American. He’s as American as I am. How he could choose to forsake his own country and play for another country is disgusting.

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American Manny Machado chose to play for another country in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

With that disloyal, un-American decision, Manny Machado became dead to me. You can cheat on your girlfriend, cheat on your taxes, or even cheat at Magic: The Gathering, but you can never, ever cheat on our country. That’s what Machado did, he cheated on his country.

I guess this is why you should never root for two different baseball teams. It’s not like I chose to have two favorite teams, it just happened.

I found the hat I will be buying two years from now

This morning I bought a fitted (size 7 3/4) Los Angeles Dodgers 2016 All-Star Game hat from Lids.com. It normally retails for $39.99, but I got it for only $20.00 because it’s now on clearance. I like nice looking baseball hats, but I find it morally reprehensible to pay full retail for almost everything, especially nice looking baseball hats.

Los Angeles Dodgers 2016 All-Star Game hat.

I’m cheap. Even if I won the lottery and became a multimillionaire, I would still gravitate towards the clearance area when entering a store.  It’s who I am and it’s what I do.

While on the Lids website, I saw this year’s MLB All-Star hats. This year’s All-Star Game will be played in Washington D.C. at Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals. I’ve been there only once. I didn’t enjoy myself. Our seats came with cup holders mounted on the back of the seats in front of us. My cup holder was where my left knee should have been.  I’m taller than a normal male human. It made for a very uncomfortable experience.

I’m not a fan of the Washington Nationals, Bryce Harper, Nationals Park, or their cup holders, but this year’s All-Star Game hat looks pretty nice. Technically, it’s the “work out” hat.

Los Angeles Dodgers 2018 All-Star Game hat.

It retails for $39.99. That’s too salty for my blood. That means I will have to wait two years to purchase one. I just hope in 2020, there will still be size 7 3/4 hats available. I realize waiting like that will be a roll of the 20-sided dice. Even if this hat will be on clearance by then, they might not have my size.

That’s just one of the risks of being a baseball hat cheapskate.

MLB’s hollow tribute to Jackie Robinson

One of the advantages of reactivating my Facebook account is that I get to see lots of ads. A while back I must have “liked” the official Lids Facebook account. I now get to see ads from Lids in my Facebook feed.

That’s not a problem. I like to wear overpriced hats associated with professional sports franchises. By Lids peppering my Facebook feed with ads, I now have a better idea on what I should be spending money on. In other words, being a good consumer.

There was an ad I saw yesterday that made me look twice. It was for hats honoring Jackie Robinson, the first black player to play in Major League Baseball. Not the first black player good enough to play in Major League Baseball. Jackie Robinson was the first black player the racist pricks who controlled Major League Baseball allowed to play.

Major League Baseball has now turned the legacy of Jackie Robinson into a way of making money. These hats at Lids are just one example. The thing that surprised me about the ad is that they couldn’t even bother to get his name right. It’s Jackie Robinson, not Jackie Robins.

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It annoys me that every team in Major League Baseball gets to honor Jackie Robinson when only the Dodgers signed him and put him on the team. When I see a Yankees hat with 42 on the side, I think it’s honoring famed closing pitcher Mariano Rivera. He played 19 years of the Yankees and he wore the number 42 like Jackie Robinson. He started wearing it before Major League Baseball retired Jackie Robinson’s number league-wide. Players who already wore the number 42 could continue to wear it.

Why were they allowed to do that? If you want to mass retire a number you should be willing to enforce it immediately. We’re all for honoring someone or something, unless it’s inconvenient. Having to change the number on your uniform would just be too inconvenient.

Every year I saw Mariano Rivera play with the number 42, the more I associated that number with him, not Jackie Robinson. Like every other Yankees player, his name wasn’t on the back of his jersey. All he had was a large 42 on the back. Even now when I see the numbers of retired players at Camden Yards, the blue 42 makes me think of Mariano Rivera, not Jackie Robinson.

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Retired numbers at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

It looks it me that the Orioles are honoring Mariano Rivera. This is the same team that has a statue of Babe Ruth in front of the stadium. Babe Ruth, the greatest Yankees player of all time.