World Serious

So it’s the Tampa Rays vs. the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series. I think the former bottom-dwelling team from Florida changed their fortunes when they dropped “Devil” from their name. The shift in imagery from a repellant sea creature to Florida sunshine was propitious; and in a game with so much superstition and fear of curses, the exorcism of a name change had to have helped.

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About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://gpiper.org/katiesbeer TK

    I had two very mad men in my house last night!!! They were rooting for Boston.

  • Bruce

    Last year the Rockies, this year the Rays! Can the Brewers be far behind?

    (Ans: unless they can sign a Sabathia or a Peavy, NO).

    I am delighted the Rays made it. What struck me as their strengths was great athletic defense (Bartlett’s error notwithstanding) and timely hitting. It should be a fun series with the Phils.

    Did I mention the Phillies got there by beating the Brewers? No? Oh….

  • Kirk

    My favorite thing about the Rays: They’re playing against Boston in the ALCS and they still can’t sell about a quarter of their seats at home. By contrast, I’m sure that tickets for third tier seats were going for hundreds at Fenway.

  • Don S

    The Fox network will hate it — Tampa Bay and Philadelphia are not the two markets they were hoping for. But, it’s great for the people — these two teams are historically hapless and have exactly one World Series championship between them.

    Go Phillies!

  • Tony

    So, can you suggest a form of exorcism to the hapless teams in the Pacific Northwest? Mariners or Seahawks?

    Or does “this kind not go out except by prayer and fasting?”


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