So the Cardinals lose in six, sending the Astros the their first World Series in their existence. There, the Astros will meet the White Sox, who last appeared in the Series in 1959. The last time before that was 1919, and we all know what happened. So, we're all happy about this match-up, right? Right?
Well, probably not. Although D-Train may disagree with me, the White Sox and the Astros are probably the best teams (in their respective conferences) in the playoffs. This year's series won't be a shoot-out, but has (arguably) the best pitching line-up in the modern era.
So, the 'Stros and the ChiSox. It may not have turned out this way: a few calls going the other way, and we could've seen Angels/Cardinals. Yes, it was a horrible week for the umpires and referees in professional sports.
Let us not talk about the end of the Falcons/Saints game. Or the end of the USC/ND game. Even those games were big, they aren't playoff games.
So, we have "The Call"
in Game 2 of the ALCS. The umpire completely messed up. "The catcher shoulda...," yeah, but fault the Ump. That call goes the other way, the Angels may have had a 2-0 lead going back to Anaheim. I still think the Sox would have one--they were the better team--but it coulda been different.
The game last night had a phantom tag that...well...coulda...
Or NLCS game 3, where LaRussa gets thrown out. Then Edmonds. Yeah, they probably deserve being thrown out, but they were also (probably) right. That ump's strike zone was so big it should be the punchline to a "Yo Momma" joke.
Who knows, man, it coulda been different.
So, perhaps, like me, this makes you want to think of forgiveness.
Personally, I subscribe to the whole "forgive but don't forget/fool me once..." school of thought. But, of course, some forgiveness is easier than other. (I find it relatively easy to forgive someone who shows remorse.)
Is there something different in trying to forgive those who's sole job is to make sure things are fair? What to do with the judge who sentences an innocent man?
Also, it seems that I am equating forgiveness with being fair; that the function of forgiveness is in order to make things "right" or making it a return to a natural order or something. I'm not sure that this is a valid way of thinking about forgiveness. If forgiveness is not somehow related to being fair, then I am unsure of why we should forgive.