Goodbye Kitties ….

Detroit kitties that is. Cards take game 5 to win their 10th World Series title in club history. (2nd behind the Yankees and their 26….aarrgghh, we hate the Yankees)(but I digress)

Any World Series is worth watching in my book, but the lasting memories from this one are going to be about how poorly the Tigers played defense. Eight errors in five games, including five by their pitchers. Those five miscues by the pitchers led to eight unearned runs over the series. The Tigers only managed to push across eleven runs of their own in the five games and gave up almost that many as gifts. No wonder the Cardinals were able to win without hitting the lights out.

The Cards stumbled into the postseason with the second-lowest winning percentage ever to make the playoffs. They got past the Padres and the Mets on the strength of Chris Carpenter and improbable performances by Jeff Weaver and Jeff Suppan. They were carried into the World Series by the miraculous ninth inning wonderblast from ?Yadier Molina? Yes, I had to rub my eyes in disbelief as well. Yes, that Yadier Molina. The one with a season batting average of .216 and a career total of 16 home runs spread out over three years. That Yadier Molina.

And there they were, going into the World Series as underdogs in almost everybody’s books, but I guess that’s why they play the games. Hardly a classic among post-season classics, but every World Series is interesting in its own little ways.

Well, now there’s only about 155 more days to go until Opening Day ’07. But only about 124 until Spring Training begins. And only 38 until the winter trade meetings begin. OK, I guess I can live with that. Suffice it to say that baseball remains my #1 sport of obsession. Maybe I can get some work done over the next few months. Hmmm, maybe after the elections.

A weekend with the opposition

This might also be a bit ambitious for an initial foray, but I’m faced with an upcoming six days that are sure to be equal parts frustrating, enlightening, mystifying and educational.

My wife and I grew up in Nebraska and have landed in Arizona, where we’ve lived for ten of the last 16 years. We both fall squarely into the liberal democrat camp, making us minorities in either state. My wife’s parents have arrived to spend the next six days with us and our kids. My father-in-law is a Republican, most of the time, but I can’t for the life of me figure out why he would be. I think he’s more of a “social values” Republican, of the church-going variety. He sure shouldn’t be, based on financial issues, and he also spent quite a chunk of his life in a union. He knows I’m one of them durned liberals, and we’ll dance around the topics from time to time when we are together, until we just agree to disagree.

With the election coming up so soon, I think the topics will be sure to come up more frequently, and for this weekend, I’m going to try to engage the discussions, rather than avoid them. I have no idea how many days it can go on, or if my wife will issue a cease-and-desist order before it’s over, but we’ll see how it goes.

This afternoon we chatted about Scott Kleeb’s chances in western Nebraska’s third congressional district race and about criminal prosecutions of Enron executives. The likelihood of a nationwide “Throw all the bums out” sentiment on election day and the issue of term limits in the U.S. Senate and House also came up. I’m still not sure how the recent Republican meltdowns and scandals may have affected his thinking, but I feel like he is representative of the type of Republican who would turn against the party based on their recent activities.

Or maybe I’m naively and hopelessly optimistic. I’ve been accused of that before. I may be, but I just don’t see much mileage in the alternative.