I Watched Gibsonburg (2013, dir. by Jonathon Kimble and Bob Mahaffey)

Based on a true story, Gibsonburg is my favorite type of sports story.  It’s about a team that won even though everyone expected it to lose.

During the 2005 regular season, Gibsonburg High School’s baseball team compiles a desultory record of 6 wins and 17 losses.  With a record like that, no one gives them much of a chance in the state’s championship tournament.  But, against the odds, the Gibsonburg Golden Bears not only win the first game of the tournament but the second one and then the third one.  Soon, it starts to look like Gibsonburg could actually come out of nowhere to win the state championship!

I liked Gibsonburg.  There’s a lot of baseball scenes but, even more importantly, the movie is about what the underdog baseball team does for the spirit of its hometown.  Gibsonburg has been hit hard by the recession and businesses are shutting down left and right.  One of the team’s best players had just been told that the family’s bakery is going to be closed in a few weeks.  The team’s victories gives the entire town something to believe in and it shows that you can succeed even when everyone is expecting you to fail.  The team starts to win after the player comes across as valuable coin that might be lucky but, as the movie shows, the coin had nothing to do with it.  Gibsonburg won because the team came together and refused to give up.  The movie is a heart-warming celebration of community, friendship, and baseball.

The Astros Take Game 4

Yesterday, I was happy for the fans of the Phillies because their excitement reminded me of how excited I was when my team, the Rangers, made it to the World Series.  But, as someone who is cheering for the Astros in the World Series, I was not happy that they got blown out in Game 3.  They lost 0-7 and, last night, it looked like the Phillies might be unstoppable.

Tonight, though, the Astros proved that this World Series is nowhere close to being over.  Even with Jill Biden sitting in the stands and trying to turn the country against them, the Astros shut out the Phillies.  The Astros not only won, 5-0, but tonight’s game was also the first combined no-hitter (and the third no-hitter overall) in baseball post-season history.  Tonight, the Astros looked as strong as the Phillies looked last night.

You can hear the Philadelphia crowd booing in the video but I don’t care.  The Astros made history and this World Series isn’t ending anytime soon.  The World Series is now tied 2-2.  Game 5 is tomorrow night.

Go Astros!

The Phillies Win Game 3

After being canceled due to yesterday’s weather, Game 3 of the World Series was played in Philadelphia tonight.  As I’ve said since the post-season began, I’m a Texan.  I wish the Rangers were in the World Series but they’re not.  The Astros are the Texas team in the World Series and that’s who I’m cheering for.  I wasn’t happy to watch the Astros lose tonight.  I especially wasn’t happy to see them lose by 0 runs to 7.

I’m happy for all the Phillies fans, though.  Whenever I would start to get upset about the score, the broadcast would show the fans reacting in the stands and they were so happy that I couldn’t help but be happy for them.  It reminded me of how excited I was when the Rangers made it to the World Series and how excited I’ll be when they make it their again.

So, congratulations, Phillies!  I’m still cheering for the Astros but the Phillies played a good game and they made their fans happy.

The Phillies Win Game One

Congrats to the Phillies who, last night, won Game One of the 2022 World Series!  By a score of 6-5, the Phillies handed the Astos their first loss of the post-season.  I’m cheering for the Astros but I am also happy that the Phillies’s amazing season will not end with them going 0-4 in the World Series.

The Phillies earned their win.  And now, it’s time to GO ASTROS!