I got back from a camping trip in the woods and when I returned to civilization, lo and behold, the world's turned upside down in my absense. Last night I flip on the TV and see the White Sox playin' the Anaheim/Los Angeles/Southern California Angels in game one of the ALCS. How can this be?
This means that the White Sox somehow got by the Red Sox. Now, the Red Sox tale of woe is well known, but the White Sox've been nobodies since the days when Shoeless Joe roamed in left field 'n his buddies were schemin' with gamblers to throw the World Series. Virtually off the map since those halcyon days.
But more surprising is to see the Angels on the field which means they eliminated the Yankees. There had to be some sort of voodoo involved. The Angles've been stinkin' up baseball since their inception in the early '60s. Year in 'n year out, they've sported the worst record in all of baseball, maintaining a virtual stranglehold on the cellar more often than not. The perpetual Lanterne Rouge of baseball. I haven't checked the numbers, but off the top of my head, I'd say that the only team that can contend for their record for beeing consistently awful is the Seattle Pilots/Mariners, who despite having a few stellar seasons a while back, have done their best to be even worse than the Angels. A tall order.
I grew up in So. Cal. and lived through the Angels' exploits every summer. The local papers had a very few headlines that they'd just rotate through the cycle. "Angles Lose Again" - "Angels Lose Another" - "Angels Embarrassed by (insert team name here)" - "Angels Lose a Close One (used any time they lost by less than 8 runs)" "Angels Stink the Place Up" etc. The only thing that changed from year-to-year was the date that they were statistically eliminated from the playoffs. Always before the All Star break, but some years earlier than others.
I remember when they signed Reggie Jackson late in his career. Some fans were quite excited by their aquisition of "Mr. October" 'till one off the local sports writers reminded one-and-all that "The Angels don't play in October.".
Yeah, I know - they won the whole ball of wax a few years back. I can't explain that one either. I'm thinkin' that this whole thing is at least as big as global warming. The cycles of life're all out of whack. I'm thinkin' that MLB needs their own version of the Kyoto Agreement or sumpthin'. The sky is falling!