This time, they managed to lose to the Chicago Cubs, who haven't won in the postseason in 95 years (as former Cubs announcer Thom Brenneman and Tim "Motor Mouth" McCarver said over and over this evening). What makes this all the worse is the fact that I grew up in Chicago, so I've been hearing from everyone that I know from there, wondering who I was rooting for. Naturally, I had to remind them that my two favorite baseball teams are the Chicago White Sox and whoever's playing the Cubs.
You know, I don't know what's worse: being a fan of a baseball team that never wins anything (i.e. the White Sox), or going through this BS every season. Maybe it's time to give up on them. Nah...next year, I'll be right there, following every damn game just like I did this year and like I have every year since 1991. It's an illness, I swear.
I'm not the only one in my family that has to deal with this kind of disappointment; my brother, who lives in the Bay Area, watched the Giants self-destruct at the hands of the Marlins. (The A's are still in the hunt, but I don't think he cares.) He actually called and wanted to know if I'd bet on another Braves-Giants matchup (the Braves were the victims of the Giants last year). I told him that I thought it was kind of him to take the Braves in that matchup. I'm a baseball fan, but I'm also a realist.
Oh, well. There's always next year. And I'm going to enjoy watching the Marlins destroy the Cubs in the Championship Series.