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Those Magnificent Bastards & The Rest of Us

For the ones who aren't jerks; for the ones who didn't just find out about baseball; for the ones who honestly understand what a gift this [1] is; for the ones like the men in their fifties I ran into outside of Shea after the last Sunday game between us in September 2007 who were too beset with anxieties [2] over potentially blowing the Wild Card to even suggest they had a shot at winning the East despite having just swept the team in first place; for the real fans who have earned it over 28 years by being true and without being jerks…to them I say congratulations.

For the rest of us, there's A. Bartlett Giamatti in cardboard concerto [3].

For the rest of us, there's farewell to the old and welcome to the new [4]…designed to be the greatest ever built for baseball.

For the rest of us, there's the lingering hypothetical [5] we can always imagine went our way.

For the rest of us, it's Let's Go Next Year [6]. It can't get here fast enough [7].