I have to be honest when I say that I don’t watch the Super Bowl. It’s not that I have never watched it, but it’s just that I’m not a big football fan. Sure, I root for my college team (USC), but for the most part I just don’t feel connected to any particular football team. Once upon a time I suppose I was a Rams fan, and I often hear my dad complain that my mom was in labor with me during the Super Bowl that year. The only year the Rams were in the big game in fact. For awhile my birthday would land on Super Bowl Sunday periodically, but now that the Bowl is scheduled in February my birthday is spared from sharing the limelight with potato skins and Budweiser frogs.
In fact I was a bit giddy when I discovered that there was actual baseball on television tonight! Well, béisbol. Yes, the Caribbean Series was being televised on ESPN2 at the same time as the Super Bowl. Since I have been deprived of my favorite sport for far too long during this long, cold offseason, this little taste of baseball was well received. In fact, I got to watch Hanley Ramirez bat. Of course he quickly grounded out in his first plate appearance to my disappointment, but nonetheless it’s real live baseball playing upon my screen! The mix of Spanish and English commentary was actually fun, and I really wanted to be in the stands enjoying a churro perhaps while watching the game down in Hermosillo, Mexico.
Hanley’s double in the bottom of the fifth inning scored two runs for the Dominican Republic. As of right now, Mexico and the Dominican Republic are tied 5-5 and they are headed into extra innings.
Of course I checked the score on the other game, and to my delight San Francisco lost to Baltimore. It’s been pretty unnerving how many 49er flags and signs have been popping up around my Southern Californian neighborhood. With the Giants winning it all twice in the last few years, I just could not stomach a double dose of celebration from those northern enemies. Congrats, Baltimore.
As this Super Bowl Sunday comes to an end like the emergence of the bottom of a soggy chip n’ dip platter, I can now look forward to the start of Spring Training which is just around the corner. ¡Viva el béisbol!