OK world, you can start spinning again and let me get back on.
The world as I know it came to a screeching halt last week with the passing of my mother-in-law. I appreciate all the kind words of sympathy that have come my way since her death last week.
But I wasn't the one who needed all the kind words.
Those went to my lovely wife, who had spent all of her free time and then some at her mother's bedside and at her beck and call for the better part of the past eight months.
That, on top of her duties as teacher, wife, mother and all the other roles she fits into her life, have left the poor dear rather frazzled. She's been burning her candle at both ends for so long it seemed she was almost out of wax.
I took a few days off last week to help my wife and her family tend to things up in the Cleveland area. It is truly amazing how the world seems to stop for your own personal tragedy, only to wake up and realize that life does go on.
I did manage to watch the baseball playoffs and see that Washington, D.C. found a new villain to kick around, as Nationals closer Drew Storen did his best Jose Mesa imitation and let a two-run lead slip away in the ninth inning, giving up four runs to the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals in the fifth and deciding game of their opening-round playoff series.
It only me took about 15 years to get over Mesa blowing the lead in the final game of the 1997 World Series. I wonder if the Nats' fans will ever forgive Storen?
The Cards advanced to take on the San Francisco Giants, who rallied back from a 2-0 deficit to win three games in Cincinnati and oust the Reds.
The Nats and the Reds were the two teams I wanted to see represent the National League. Now, I couldn't care less who wins.
Especially since they will be playing either the New York Yankees or the Detroit Tigers, two of my least favorite teams in the world.
Although, I must admit, it is uncanny seeing what Raul Ibanez has done, taking over the moniker of Reggie Jackson as the new Mr. October.
Ibanez hit a home run in the ninth inning to tie Game 4 against Baltimore, then won it in the extra innings with a solo shot. Then, in the first game against Detroit of the second-round series, he hit a two-run clout in the bottom of the ninth to send that game into extra innings. Detroit eventually won, but how many more clutch shots does Ibanez have in his bat?
Also, having had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Tiger manager Jim Leyland on several occasions, it is hard not to pull for him. I just dislike the team in which he is in charge.
Oh well. Since I don't really care who's in the World Series, I won't have to stay up all night to see who wins.