What to do When There’s no Baseball on
Anyone who knows me, knows I'm a huge baseball fanatic. I will literally watch baseball all day long if I get a chance. I've watched 4 games in a day before. I watch the Little League World Series, the College World Series and any Major League Baseball game I can find the time for. I probably need an intervention.
I grew up in a small town on the Kansas side of Kansas City. I was born the same year my beloved Kansas City Royals were "born," 1969. From a very early age I fell in love with the team and the game. Life for a Royals fan was good back then. During my childhood the Royals made seven playoff appearances, played in 2 World Series' and won their only championship (so far) in 1985 when I was 16 years old. Back then we expected to be in the playoffs every year. Then the next 29 years happened.
Life has been rough for Royals fans since 1985. We've had 3 winning seasons and one of those was the strike shortened 1993 season that we didn't even get to finish. We had a really good team that year but we'll never know what might have been. In 2013 my boys in blue finally came close again. We finished 10 games over .500 and missed the playoffs by only four games, staying in the race until the last week. We looked forward to 2014 and what it might finally bring.
2014 has been a dream, especially since the playoffs actually started. Eight games and eight wins to this point has made the Royals the American League Champions. They will host games one and two, then if necessary, games six and seven at beautiful Kauffman Stadium. We're on the biggest baseball stage in the world again and man does it feel good.
The one "problem" for a guy like me that comes from sweeping through the playoffs to this point, is that now there's this long break before the World Series starts. Since the San Francisco Giants won the National League pennant one day after my Royals won the A.L., there is now four whole days with no baseball to watch. A real tragedy isn't it? Well maybe not... but it's going to take some planning and a few distractions to keep my baseball mojo occupied until game 1 Tuesday night next week.
I'm not having much luck in the planning department yet. Here's what I've got:
- re-arrange my sock drawer
- go through a bunch of old junk mail to see if there's anything I actually need or want
- clean the place up (just a depressing thought)
- check the air in my spare tire
- get out of the house at some point and see some actual sunshine
- go on a diet
- stare blankly at the ceiling with my mouth hanging open, in a catatonic state
Having no baseball to watch for four days is probably harder for me than it should be, I know. But after seeing almost every Royals game this season thanks to the internet and the most perfect gift I've ever gotten, I've become more addicted than ever. When you pile on the fact that after those long 29 years my Royals are playing for World Series rings, well... I'm not sure what I'm going to do once the season is actually over.
I have to get through the next four days first.