Sunday, January 27, 2013
Things That Happened More Than Twenty Years Ago
Alright, so maybe it's been three weeks since I've put some baseball thoughts together for inclusion on this here blog. I haven't been particularly engaged in baseball comings and goings of baseball for the 2013 season lately, spoiled as we Jays fans have been with getting so much of the important heavy lifting in improving the roster so early in the off-season. Notwithstanding a Henry Blanco here or a Mark DeRosa there, it does look like we're into hurry-up-and-wait time for the 2013 Toronto Blue Jays.
And hey, what better way to fill in those dismal winter weeks leading to Opening Day than with full-blown nostalgia and pining for the past? Via the 24-hour news feed that doubles as an excuse to display photographs of our breakfasts, Twitter, we learned today that our benevolent corporate overlords at Rogers Sportsnet will follow up on the apparently successful showing of the 1992 World Series before Christmas, by running the 1993 Fall Classic on the network at some point next month.
UPDATE! INTRIGUE!! CONSPIRACY???
The tweet cited above from Jamie Campbell of Sportsnet has been deleted. What does it mean? Maybe there's something planned but not confirmed over at the network, or maybe Jamie Campbell was speaking out of turn, or maybe the Illuminati have decided that giving Blue Jays fans too much excitement at one time would be detrimental to the New World Order they're bent on establishing. Whatever the circumstances, it's made this blog post moot. Go ahead and throw your own conspiracy theories into the mix in the comments.
Maybe it was because I was a year older, or maybe it was because the '93 team had the benefit of being defending champions and the resulting national attention that created at the time. Or maybe it was because the characters and the moments of the '93 series were more compelling. But my memories of '93 are much, much more vivid than they were of '92.
I was frankly a bit surprised by how little of the '92 series rung a bell with me when I watched them again this winter, apart from my visceral hatred of Otis Nixon and all he represented. But 1993 was different. There was Rickey Henderson and Paul Molitor. Tony Fernandez was back. There was the opposition -- the ragtag Phillies of John Kruk, Lenny Dykstra and Mitch Williams -- who stood out far more to me than the nondescript Sid Breams and Damon Berryhills of the '92 Braves. And of course, there was the iconic Joe Carter home run to end it all. So much more of '93 stands out to me.
In any case, if you're going to fill the frigid February days or nights with programming that isn't hockey or basketball, you could do a hell of a lot worse than re-running the 1993 World Series. This is particularly true if, say, you're a network that has a certain vested interest in ratcheting up interest for an upcoming Jays season and might be looking for a natural platform through which to get potential viewers excited about some big acquisitions that are going to cost a pretty penny more than the team has spent in years past. But maybe I'm being too cynical.
Chances are, you'll know exactly where to find me when the series is re-broadcast. And some of the best fun I've had on Twitter recently has been while those '92 games were on. It's been a great warm-up for if (when?) we get our playoff games this fall.
I'll save the analysis for after the games are over... er, again. Or maybe I'll just watch and reminisce. But if we're stuck in the dead of winter with no new baseball, I'll settle for old baseball.