Play-offs Versus Pasta

I sat on the couch blankly watching the local Fox affiliate which was playing some sort of infomercial about a miracle plastic tube filled with pasta that would cook the noodles if you added boiling water and sealed the container for 15 minutes. I kept looking back and forth from the television to the clock and back again. My remote finger was just itching to pull the trigger moving from channel to channel saving myself from the possibility that I might actually think this product was useful and reach for the phone to speak with one of the operators who were standing by in the next 90 seconds to save me money and offer me a free gift which seems to consist of some sort of rubber doily or something. I look back at the clock and it is a minute since the last time I looked and a full 45 minutes past when game 5 of the National League Championship series was supposed to start. You know what would be good while I wait? A bowl of pasta cooked slightly al dente. Wait I need to focus, what was I doing? Oh yeah baseball.

The series between the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets has been weather cursed since the beginning with a rain out in New York that eliminated the travel day between games 2 and 3. Now on the day of probably the most critical of all the games in the series it is raining. This time in St. Louis the weatherman is predicting showers most of the evening. I kept thinking that somehow there would be some kind of divine intervention where the rain would cease, the clouds would part, and the grounds would miraculously dry out allowing us to watch a game. But I guess Bud Selig was busy as he didn’t do anything to help the matter and now I am sitting here trying to decide whether the rubber doily is enough of an incentive to buy a pasta tube. I’m not positive but I think this is how I ended up buying an Italian ice snow cone machine during the 1987 play-offs. Would it have been too much to ask that the Fox television station could have put Game 6 of the 2001 World Series on instead of the Pasta Express? This is completely messed up and now I am really hungry.

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