A fews days ago, buhdydharma had an excellent essay detailing how the Republicans had screwed the country during the Bush years. But one aspect was left out — the most important one from my point of view. As I write this, my beloved Minnesota Twins lead baseball’s American League Central Division by 1/2 game over the evil Chicago White Sox. The Twins exemplify all that is good and pure about baseball. They play good defense; they bunt to sacrifice runners to the next base; their pitchers don’t walk anybody; they win with young players brought up from their minor league system rather than bidding for free agents; and they do it all with a payroll that is but a fraction of what the Yankees spend.
But the Republican party is conspiring to ruin the Twins’ drive for the American League pennant. Because their convention will be held in St. Paul from Sept. 1-4, the Twins are forced to embark on an unheard of 14-day road trip: four games against the American League’s leading Los Angeles Angels, then three games at Seattle, four games at Oakland, and finally three games at Toronto. For those of you who may not be baseball fans, this is a BIG deal. Minnesota has a 46-23 record playing home games, but just a 28-31 record playing road games. Having to play 14 consecutive road games may well ruin the Twins’ season through no fault of their own.