I've heard it said that sports are a man's outlet for emotion. It is a vehicle for bonding with other men, and it's a way experience the span of human emotions in the safe confines of an athletic field. This is true for me. If it weren't for baseball, people at school would probably never hear me scream in anger or joy, both of which I do often while coaching. It's true that I'm a pretty reserved guy. I don't much like meeting a lot of new people, and clam up often. I almost never get angry; I'm pretty much on an even keel, at least outwardly, all of the time. I always have wished I could be more outgoing, be quick and witty, be more open. Sports, though, allow me to be all these things. I can walk up to someone I don't know with a Tigers hat on and strike up a conversation. I can sit alone in a bar in Philadelphia and get to know everyone's name because we're all in there to see the Tigers beat the Yankees. And, I'm not a crier (getting misty-eyed at the kids' graduation every year notwithstanding), but the Tigers' season has turned me into one.
If you want to see me weep (at least as much as someone with barely working tear ducts can weep), have me watch this clip. I watched it last night, and was a little dew-eyed. But just now, I was much worse (better). Seeing Leyland's Interview also got me going.
I actually tossing around the idea of going to Detroit next weekend. I can't afford it and I shouldn't - I even cannot attend an old friend's wedding on Saturday there because of $$ - but isn't this what credit card are made for?
(No, not really. I'll have fun watching the games here. I wish I knew of better sports bars in Baltimore, though. Any suggestion for Saturday night? Maybe I'll just do Ray Lewis' place again.)
By the way, I bought a "Leyland for Governor" shirt last night.
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