Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Tides of Fate

There is a tide in the affairs of men.
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
~ William Shakespeare

Did you watch Game 6 of the World Series? If you did, and you're a baseball fan, you'll never forget it.

People who were lucky enough to be at that game will be talking about it for the rest of their lives. It was an epic tragedy/comedy, full of awful mistakes, remarkable recoveries, spectacular plays, and close calls. Commentators are ranking it with the most memorable World Series games of all times. Best ever or not, Game 6, 2011, was everything baseball should be.

Congratulations to the St. Louis Cardinals for their win in Game 7, even though my heart was with the Texas Rangers. I knew when the Rangers let that final strike to win Game 6 slip away not once, but twice, that their moment to grasp triumph had passed. I still hoped they would win in Game 7, but I felt they would lose. I hated to be right.

It will be a long winter in Texas as the Rangers, "bound in shallows and in miseries," relive what was so close and might have been. They are a great team, and I hope the Ranger's winning tide will rise again in a post season not too far distant.