So now it begins in earnest: Fall Frenzy 2022, after all that nonsense during the COVID years. I’m excited – the New York Yankees are in their usual spot, positioned to make a run at a world championship. So is my brother’s team, the LA Dodgers. However, the Dodgers weren’t always from Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers used to be located in Brooklyn, New York; and their nickname was “Bums”.
Bums (today) could be a non-politically correct word for the homeless, err, I mean the un-housed. (Of which there are many in the City of Angles.) Notwithstanding, the teams now in the Fall Frenzy Tournament all have names that are natural adversaries.
Thoughts like these are my alarm clock. (Why I’m in therapy?)
The MLB Playoffs
shape up like this:
Cleveland v. New York
Seattle v. Houston
Philadelphia v. Atlanta
SanDiego v. Los Angeles
Or said another way using their names, like this:
Guardians v. Yankees
Mariners v. Astros
Phillies v. Braves
Padres v. Bums [err, Dodgers. Which legend has it was because fans had to dodge (?) to get to the stadium.]
My Twisted Thinking
goes like this.
The Guardians represent the DOJ (Department of Justice). Guardians of what? Law and order? Nevertheless, now, in the city of New York, the DOJ is going after Donald Trump. Trump represents the classic Yankee – one who is revolting against the powers that be.
[A Yankee was originally a word derived from Janke, a British slur for the people choosing to leave England in pursuit of a better, more free life. The New York baseball team was originally called the New York Highlanders. But Highlanders was too long a word for the print media so someone (1908), un-officially, changed the name. The name became official in 1945.]
The Mariners represent sailors, or merchant marines. Often known for their affection for rum. They were often called, pejoratively, Rummies. Ergo, we have the lowlife Rummies versus the high brow Astros. Short for astronauts. Arguably the best of us.
The Phillies (short for people who dwell in Philadelphia. In other words – civilized, sophisticated people. Are pitted against the Braves – also known as Savages. (Before the postmodern era.)
The Padres represent the men of the Cloth. Those holy ones attempting to convert the lost souls of the City of Angles – the Bums. It is a battle.
is that the Yankees will prevail and win the World Series.
Okay, that’s my heart’s wish. My brain says the Astros win. Because they represent America today – cheaters who will do anything to win.
I’ve wrote here a lot about baseball, politics, culture and such. I’m glad for the distraction. We’ll see how it shakes out. Aaron Judge and his historic season? … means little if the Yanks don’t win the series. The other great home run hitters’ teams’ all did.