An Epic Game
Never mind the fact that I’m a Texas Rangers fan.
Never mind that I grew up in north Texas playing the game of baseball, first as a pitcher, then later as an outfielder, a short stop, and finally a catcher.
Never mind that baseball in north Texas was almost a religion, and that for young boys growing up on its plains there was nothing like those lights surrounding the diamond at night.
Also, never mind the fact that for nearly 50 years, the Rangers could never seem to pull it all together at the same time — the hitting, the fielding, and the pitching.
Certainly not the pitching.
Never mind that I lived in and around New York City during the Yankees late 1990s heyday, even attending a World Series game against the Atlanta Braves, a nail biter in and of its own right.
Put all that aside. Last night’s game between the Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals was simply epic.
It was dramatic, it was heart-stopping, it was nerve-wracking…it was even heart-breaking at times.
But it was also all what baseball in October should be about.
Even though my team came out on the losing side, it’s a game I will never forget.
And apparently, this series is one that the fans won’t forget anytime soon as well.
I mentioned in a post a week or so ago that IBM had partnered with the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab to mine social sentiment for this year’s World Series.
In the last report, which covered games 3 and 4, the number of tweets increased from game 2 to game 3 as fans turned to Twitter to share the baseball experience. I expect the Tweets in game 6 will be off the charts.
There are some other interesting highlights which you can read in the Smarter Planet blog post here.
I tried to keep an eye on the Twitterstream last night, recognizing that game 6 was something special. But I wasn’t alone, as the Twitterstream moved by so quickly, it was difficult to even read the individual posts.
I expect game 7 will be no different.
I’ll be firmly planted on the edge of my couch for its entirety.