Murf and I chatted about baseball not tooÂ long ago, and I was recently treated to a 19 inning, walk off winÂ marathon from my home team Toronto Blue Jays, against our dreaded rivals, the Detroit Tigers. It had a lot. A lot of intentional walks (the Jays lineup is down 3 starters so once you get past Cabrera and Bautista your pitcher is generally safe.) aÂ lot of bases loaded let downs (Jays had them loaded 3 times (often thanks to the walks – intentional or not)) and still couldn’t win until the 19th frame. Spectacular defensive saves (looking at you, Rasmus in centre field. you and your .219 average!) and all in all, a great way to spendÂ 6 and a halfÂ hours.
Yup, you heard me.Â 6 glorious hours of baseball. And 37 minutes. Glorious. or something. On Baseball Canada Day.
After 17 innings the Tigers were out of pitchers and had to put in their starter for the NEXT day. How did the game end? What lead to the victory? Was it a clutch hit, or defensive error – what was it?
The game was dragging, and then the camera pans and we see journeyman and underground fan favourite Steve Tolleson walking around the dugout physically turning around everyone’s caps. He’s doing it all by himself. That is the stuff of legends! He walks around, spinning caps, a tried and true baseball tradition. The Rally Cap. Not asking, not suggesting, just doing. The straight-back rally cap – a veteran move, compared to the less fashionable inside out rally cap.
And then they win.
Sometimes superstition works.
I know players put on their rally caps (saveÂ Vanguard petition)Â often when games are going to be shuttered and while and I pulled my pitcher (metaphorically) with my yesterday cancel of WildStar sub – I do wish it well, and hope to enjoy it again someday. I think it will be just fine with the subs they do keep and hopefully that is enough for NCSOFT to keep the F2P calls at bay.
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I don’t know if I even I could watch baseball that long.
I actually did – but it was more background while I worked on some things. Still, madness!