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Only one more game…

…for the Indians to advance to the ALCS.

I know, I know, long time readers know that I’m a Detroit Tigers fan. Sadly, after dominating their division during the first half of the season, my hometown team took a late season plunge right out of playoff contention, much to my dismay.

Fortunately, there is one other.

I lived in Cleveland for eight years before I headed to Chicago in the mid-1990s. During that time there, I saw a team that was once considered a joke make it to the World Series in 1995. I became a fan and to this day retain a soft spot in my heart for the Indians–except when they play the Detroit Tigers.

With the Detroit Tigers out of contention, I’ve turned to rooting for the Indians. Given my extreme dislike of the New York Yankees, you can guess that I’ve been loving every minute of the last two games, particularly last night’s game. It was a nail-biter of a pitching duel, in which the Tribe threatened multiple times but couldn’t score to tie the game until the 8th inning, forcing the game into extra innings with a 1-1 tie. Andy Pettite was strong, and Fausto Carmona was amazing, pitching all the way through the ninth inning for the Tribe and giving up only three hits, one of which, unfortunately, was a home run.

Then, in the bottom of the 11th, with the bases loaded and two outs, Travis Hafner worked the count to 3-2.

Then he hit a base hit, winning the game.

And the Yankees are down 0-2 in the series.

And I love it.

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And the Tigers next year!

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

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