After a night of reflection, here are some final thoughts to close the curtain on this seires. Feel free to chime in with your own.
~This team has become quite the source of heartbreak, huh?
~I wonder if the team just expected everyone else to roll over in their path as they stormed to the title. I didn't see the last few games in Quebec, but in game 2 at home they looked completely lethargic.
~What disturbed me as much as anything is how many times I heard the announcer say "Le Troisiemme Pris!" (the third strike)- it was at least ten times and at least twice in the ninth inning. And it wasn't (something) and le troisiemme pris, it was just le troisiemme pris leading me to believe that they were mostly strikeouts looking.
~NO EXCUSES. I don't want to hear about home field advantage. We had a chance to take a 2-0 lead at home which we SHOULD HAVE DONE given our home record this year. And even with the series split they should have been able to take 2 out of 3 up there since they hadn't lost a series in months. The 2-3 rule was set well in advance. Is it dumb? Yeah. Is it an excuse to fold like this? No.
~Thanks to the FELLOW FANS who made this season "more fun than a person should be allowed to have" --- from May until Labor Day, at least. Thanks to Andy Dillard, Sandy DeLeon and De Vries for being so entertaining. Thanks to 1510 the Zone for sparing me the agony of actually knowing HOW we were sucking last night.
~Well, that's about all. Title series time- I'm inclined (I think) to root for Brockton (ew), but I'm fairly confident that Quebec is going to win the series. Quebec was definitely a rougher opponent than New Haven and I think the Rox will find that out.
~Stay with the blog this offseason for discussion on the CanAm finals and the fate of the Spirit. It should be an interesting offseason with plenty to talk about.
~It's a little early to think about next year, I know... but I still can't help thinking about it. If the Spirit are no more next year, I hope that at least we can keep our clan of Spirit Fans together-- we can come back to the blog next year and talk about the league, the fate of baseball in the area, etc... maybe even meet up for a Pride game or something. But I'm fairly confident that the Spirit will return in '07 for Season V. That's when I hope to see you all again.