On Friday night the Atlanta Braves won a trip to October-Land. It’s just the best place to be this time of year. It’s where all ballplayers want to go.
And how excited they all were! Some of them misbehaved a little; usually you’re not supposed to play in the fountain or spray wet stuff all over your room. But Snit was so proud of his boys for winning the trip, he didn’t even send anyone to time out (even though he does know how to do that, right, Ronald?). Tom Hanks said there’s no crying in baseball, but he was wrong. Snit is a tough guy, but he cries about baseball. Sometimes grownups cry when they are happy, or when one of their boys gets hit in the face.
But it turns out there isn’t room for everyone to go on the trip to October-Land. Of course Freddie and Ronnie and Ozzie and JD and Mac and Nicky are going. But other guys said “Take me too!” On Saturday, some of the guys who haven’t been around as long said we deserve to go to October-Land. Cisco and Duvie each hit the ball so far even a Giant couldn’t catch it. I’ll bet they both go on the trip. Deiny had two hits, a single and a double, scored two runs and helped two of his friends get to home. (Watch out Dansby—I heard Peanut say that he might get to sit in front of you when you go to October-Land.) Billy hit a double that helped Cisco go home. Unless Ender gets a lot better this week, I think Billy will be going too (especially if Mac, Tyler, and Cisco all go—they are slow, and sometimes they need help getting all the way home).
We already knew that Max would be going on the trip, but he insisted last night that he deserves to sit up front with Mike and Big D and Folty. I think he’s right! But what about Julio? Well, there are only so many seats up front; he might have to follow someone else. Young Kyle was the only guy on Saturday who let one of the Giants get to their home. He will be going to October-Land lots of times, I bet, but not this year.
The trip to October-Land is still about ten days away. Some of the guys are pretty tired, so they need to rest some before the trip. But they won’t all rest every day. Some folks would like to get to 100 before they get to October—that’s a big number! But they will go to October-Land whether they get that number or not. And Ronnie needs to steal 3 more times to reach a number that everyone seems to think is important (I know that stealing is usually a very bad thing, but this is the good kind of stealing—unless you’re ahead by 6 runs, then it is not OK. Why, you ask? Because we say so.)
On Sunday, our guys face these puny Giants one more time, with Big D leading the way. It’s the last time they play in their own playground before the big trip to October-Land. Play hard, but please be careful and don’t get hurt.