sam's notes

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Monday, November 01, 2004

Kerry spokesman David Wade: "When legions of Red Sox fans go to the polls on Tuesday, they'll remember that if George Bush had his way the Red Sox wouldn't have ever won the World Series."

While we're on the subject of baseball, the N.Y.Times mailbag had some comments from fans regarding the World Series.

One came from Patrick Henry of Walla Walla Wash. who called for a stop "to the insane notion of giving home field advantage in the World Series to the team that comes from the league that wins the All-Star game.

The Cardinals labored long and hard to win the most games this season, and they certainly deserved the home-field advantage in the world Series."

Agreed. Especially considering the fact that the idea was conceived by Bud Selig to cover his ass after the debacle two years ago when the All-Star game ended in a tie.

Would home-field advantage have helped the Cardinals? Probably not, the way they were hitting. They were playing under the "Curse of LaRussa," as Dalton J. Brown of Oakland points out.

"This World Series painfully reminded me of the Series between the A's and the Reds in 1990. As you recall, the Reds swept the A's, four games to none," Brown writes.

Yes, the sweep recalled memories of the 1990 Series for me as well. Sweet memories.


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