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Mid-season crisis

13 Jul

I’m having a mid-season crisis. Not unlike a mid-life crisis. But what would I know about that? I’m not even quarter-aged! As you (may or may not) know, the All-Star Game, which was yesterday, marks baseball season’s midway. Thus, right now, I’m having one of those glass-half-empty moments, because the season is halfway over. Woe is me!

I’m legitimately on the verge of a breakdown. I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking: “A breakdown? Don’t be so dramatic.” But folks, this is real. Like, I want to call my therapist real. In the past 24 hours, I ate a whole tub of salsa (not even good salsa). And half a jar of peanut butter (ok, that was good). And I almost cried yesterday when I got a late bill payment fee. And now I’m listening to sad, sad, songs shuffle infinitely on iTunes.

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It’s a little bit like this (allusion via my Religion and Literature course): Baseball is my Messiah, and I’m poor Peter, crying out: “But, dude, you can’t leave us, you’re awesome!” Then Baseball turns to me and says: “Get behind me, Satan.” I’m left feeling like a fool. Of course Baseball season must end, in order for the season to return and bless us once more. Followers of Baseball know this. </ metaphor>

Back to real life. This season has been by far, so far, the most fantastic/fanatic season in the history of all my fandom. Never have I watched so many games; never have I read so many blogs, tweeted so many tweets, viewed so many memes, etc. you get the gist. More importantly, never before was I a sports writer, and never before was I so involved in the game; re: this is a passion that goes far beyond spectating. Baseball is now an integral part of my self-identity. Baseball has consumed a large percentage of my life, and now that I can almost see the season’s impending end looming on the horizon, I want to know how I’m going to fill the void. I guess what I’m really getting at is: I’m going to need a new hobby.

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For now, I need to enjoy each Baseball-filled day to its full potential, not dwell on this so-called “doom.” When that final day in September arises, I’ll deal with it, but for now, the season is still in full-swing, there’s no time for All-Star break blues!

All-Star Game MVB

12 Jul

This just in…. Most Valuable Beards of the 2011 All-Star Game:

via bleacherreport.com

Prince Fielder’s Beard hit a 3-run dinger that set the National League atop the charts in the bottom of the 4th inning. The NL maintained the lead for the rest of the game and emerged victorious over the American League Team, which was greatly lacking in beards.

 

 

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Brian Wilson’s Beard preserved the NL’s lead to record the save. Hardcore fans of Fear the Beard anxiously awaited his arrival to the mound, when he inherited 2 AL runners after one out in the 9th. NL defense did not allow any further hits after The Beard arrived.

 

 

UPDATE: American League Honorable MVB 

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Jose Bautista’s Beard may have been shorter than the aforementioned behemoth beards, but it was by no means lacking in #swagg. Beardtista made an incredible sliding grab in the RF corner that was originally just called foul by the All-Star Game announcers in the 2nd inning. This beard by all means brought the Hustle & Heart to the American League Team.

The National League won the All-Star Game 5-1 at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, and will have a home-field advantage for the 2011 World Series.

For Elise’s article on the All-Beard All-Star Team on Aerys Sports, click here.