Even Steven and Other Fallacies

One of my favorite television shows of all-time right behind any Major League Baseball game would have to be Seinfeld. For some odd reason I related to a show about nothing. I am not sure what that says about my personality. One of the episodes had Jerry Seinfeld coming to the realization that he was “Even Steven”. No matter what happened in his life, it all balanced out. If he had one friend who was having success he would have another friend who was going through substantial trials. If he lost a job another one would fall into his lap. In the ultimate test Elaine borrowed a 20 dollar bill and threw it out the window. As they were leaving Jerry’s apartment he put on his jacket and found $20 in the pocket. This episode touted how good it was to be in balance. I had almost bought into that theory until today.

After losing the first game of the series to the Florida Marlins the Arizona Diamondbacks came back yesterday behind a great game from Brandon Webb and took the second game. This set up today as the rubber game and featured Dan Haren on the mound. Given Haren’s recent pitching dominance I was really hopeful that this game was in the bag. Winning a series in Florida would be a huge lift considering this road trip began with being swept by the Minnesota Twins followed by losing 2 of 3 to the Boston Red Sox. The planets seemed to be aligning and it looked as though Arizona would be successful. Haren threw 7 innings allowing only 5 hits and 1 run which was unearned. He struck out 7 and walked only 2. The Diamondbacks jumped to a 2-0 lead before the Marlins scored their single run in the 6th. The Diamondbacks tacked on an insurance run in the 7th to give them a 3-1 cushion. Tony Pena came in to pitch the 8th inning. He allowed a run on 2 hits but the Diamondbacks remained in the lead. Brandon Lyon came into the game in the ninth inning to finish things off. Lyon has been quite good this season having blown only 2 saves this season and none since early April. He struck out Wes Helms to start the inning and things looked good. Hanley Ramirez came up and it looked like Lyon had his number. Looks can be deceiving but unfortunately for Lyon his pitch was not. Ramirez planted a Lyon pitch over the scoreboard for a home run to tie the game. This was followed by a double by Jeremy Hermida and an RBI single by Jorge Cantu. Just like that a 3-1 victory turned into a 4-3 defeat. With the loss the Diamondbacks season record dropped to 41-41. They had a 4.5 hour flight from Florida to Arizona to think about how great they felt about being “Even Steven”. I think in this case Jerry was wrong. I don’t want balance at least not in my baseball teams. I would much rather have complete domination. Maybe I need to change my favorite television show. I am thinking Pinky and the Brain would be a much more appropriate metaphor. “Gee Brain, what are we going to do tonight?”

“The same thing we do every night Pinky, try and take over the world!”

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