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Hoping It Goes Seven

October 24, 2011 - Al Stephenson
When World Series time rolled around each year, I used to have a colleague that predicted it would go seven games. It always does, he exclaimed, because it's all about the money. Was he suggesting that the games were somehow fixed so the series would go the full seven games? I believe he was.

Though the man was wrong several times, this year I have a strong desire to see the Series go a full seven games. Part of me wants this postseason to last as long as possible because it's been an electric finish to a great season. As a fan you want all the enjoyment you can get.

There is however a more pertinent reason.

A buddy of mine was born in St. Louis. Though he has spent most of his life in this area, he is a die hard Cardinals fan. He and his wife joined Anita and I in visiting the new Busch Stadium when it opened. He tries to get to Cardinal games when they play in the vicinity, going to Cleveland during interleague play, driving down I-75 to Cincinnati to see the Redbirds vs. the Reds and making a trip to visit the new PNC Park in Pittsburgh when his beloved Cardinals came to town.

When the Cardinals pulled off a stunner and got into this year's playoffs, he went to the internet to see about getting tickets. The first series against the Phillies - no luck. For the Brewers - again no tickets available. When St. Louis made the World Series he tried again. Somehow he got in to a room where you had to place an order in a certain time frame. He tried typing in the needed information only to be shut out. He tried again and was on his last letter when the screen went blank again.

He called his wife to the computer. She types faster than he, but she made it to one last click also only to have the time expire. They tried several times more and finally their patience was rewarded. They were able to purchase two tickets to Game 7. They have motel reservations and now must hope that the series goes the full seven. If it does, my friend will enjoy the dream of a lifetime - sitting in the stadium watching his team try to win the World Series in a one game showdown.

The view from my seat suggests that although a full seven game series is always nice for any baseball fan, this year's has an added incentive for me to see it go the distance.

For your sake Foxy, I hope it goes the full seven games!


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