First, I just want to congratulate you guys on your win tonight. I'm sick...I want to throw up. But, as they say, you win some, you lose some. I don't know if this is ultimately the loss that will break the Pirates' backs. They really haven't wilted all year. But, as far as losses go, I can't imagine too many more demoralizing than this one.
I've never mentioned this on here, as it never seemed relevant before, but I am a Catholic priest. I think what I'm about to say will shed some light on why I think that is relevant now. As part of my ministry, I teach in a Catholic high school. Within the first month of the school year, we've had to bury two of our graduates from last year, both dying in separate automobile accidents. We buried the second one today. Sadly, I encounter tragedies like this all too often. All I have to do is go back to my office to be reminded that at the end of the day, win or lose, this is just a baseball game.
Don't get me wrong, I love baseball. And, specifically, I love the Pirates. I watch almost every game, if I can. I watched today on my iPhone as I was watching my school's high school football team. I was crushed by today's loss, but only for about a second. Maybe I'm writing this as a roundabout way to deal with the still suppressed anger, but I don't think so. I think I genuinely want to congratulate you, as Reds' fans. You all have a great team. I think it's likely that we'll play a one-game playoff with each other, and regardless of what happens, even with the recent bad blood between our teams, I find it easy to root for the Reds when they aren't playing the Pirates.
So, I don't want this to sound like I'm downgrading things at all, coming over here and saying something like, "Eh...it doesn't matter anyway. It's just a baseball game...there are lots of other things that are more important in life." I'm not trying to do that at all. But, I guess what I am saying is that real life can put things like this in perspective. I can see this win propelling the Reds to great things, and frankly, crushing the Pirates. They should still make the playoffs, but I'm not quite so sure now, to be frank.
Anyway, sorry for the long-winded rant. Enjoy the game tomorrow.