Sports commentary: "If Your Dog's Not In The Fight"

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Houston Astros win the World Series
Photo courtesy ibtimes.uk
By Rob Oxford

If you're a true baseball fan, it appears that by many accounts, this most recent World Series was one of the greatest 7 game showdowns in a very long time.

It's unfortunate that our hometown M's were forced to watch it from their living rooms like the rest of us, but they'll get there. I have faith.

I made no secret via social media of my support for Houston. After all, my father grew up on Heights Blvd. in downtown.

My Uncle Lester was a huge Astros fan, sending me either a hat or jersey for just about every birthday as far back as I can remember and my brother and sister still reside in a small town just north of Houston called Tomball. Needless to say they are beside themselves and probably still celebrating the Astros win.

However, what if YOUR team wasn't represented in this years fall classic? What if "your dog's not in the fight"? What if, as in the case of baseball great Davey Lopes, you spent time with both clubs?

How do you choose who to root for? Obviously, for me the choice was simple, but it was much deeper than a mere family connection. Houston had never won a World Series. The Los Angeles Dodgers as a franchise have won six World Series titles and 22 National League pennants, their first as the Brooklyn Dodgers was in 1955. Quite frankly for me, that's enough for a while. Sorry Dodger fans.

Houston was also the Dark Horse in this race and I like underdogs. A friend of mine sent me a nice little note during the first inning of the first game, it read; "Big Blue in 4 Straight". I didn't respond, I know better. I tell my sons I like my egg in two places only, on my plate at breakfast or in my stomach and precisely in that order. Never on my face. It doesn't go well with my mustache.

I was also moved by the words emblazoned on the team's jerseys, "Houston Strong". Many in that city are still recovering from Hurricane Harvey. I'm not sure if a World Series win makes up for the devastation wrought by a natural disaster of that magnitude, but for those affected, it brings a little levity, I am certain.

Enjoy your title Astro Fans, cause the M's are coming!



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