Game 132, Yankees at Mariners
The dust is settling around my house. Boards and plaster have settled down like warm snowflakes, and a new room is taking shape.
We’re doing a tradition long enjoyed by my favorite baseball team, the end-of-summer remodel.
Remodeling inherently involves destruction, sometimes painful. You throw away a part that’s outlived its usefulness, you tear down a section of your life. Some good always goes out with the bad, and if the old poker table doesn’t fit the updated room, well, that’s a hardship.
It’s the same with baseball, where a beloved chapter has to end so the fresh start can spring up. If you’re fortunate, time stops enough to let you see the great times of the previous era just as you sense those thrilling, emerging possibilities.
It’s in this mood that I go to watch Felix Hernandez take on Randy Johnson. Two aces, two eras, two baseball teams in different stages of transition.
One special end-of-summer night. Enjoy.