AT&T Park in SF is a beautiful baseball stadium. I always try to make it to a few games each year, although honestly the free opera at the ballpark nights are just as fun for me.
At the moment the entire Bay Area has caught World Series fever, and I'm enjoying the ride as one of the region's many fairweather Giants fans. The name "Buster Posey" meant nothing to me a few short weeks ago, but now I can tell you that he launched a solo home run in the eighth inning of tonight's 4-0 victory against the Texas Rangers. With tonight's win the Giants are one game away from taking the Series. If that happens I'll go to the victory parade, but I resolutely draw the line at buying an overpriced cap.
As the playoffs unfolded I was hoping for a Giants-Yankees series, and that the Yankees would fall. I am sad for the Steinbrenner family's loss this year, but never sad to see an over-priced empire crumble. It also seemed that such a result could help resolve my lingering ambivalence about leaving the Big Apple for the Bay Area. It's great out here, but I left my soul in New York City.
The Rangers must have misplaced my memo, because they decided to beat the Yankees. Now, instead of a battle between representatives of two coastal bubbles, it's hard not to see this Series as a battle between red and blue America. That's overstating things, I suppose. But the other night, after the Giants won 9-0, part of the fun was that such a shellacking happened to Texas. You know, Texas...George W. Bush and death penalty country.
Tuesday is election day, and it appears that President Obama is in for a shellacking of his own. This is unfortunate, because he remains a much better leader than Bush ever was. (Bush isn't a bad man, just a terrible president.) We'll see what really happens, and I hope the polls are wrong. But it does seem like the tea-infused GOP will gain a greater footing in Washington for the next two years. Although that will be grim, it would be a consolation of sorts if the baseball team representing the city that epitomizes "blue America" beats a team based near Dallas. SF deserves the victory, for more than mere baseball pride.