the most heartbreaking $5 i've ever lost
no it's not money lost in the recent economic downturn. it's money i lost in a bet.
it was somewhat of a joke bet. to prove my stubborn minnesota sports fan optimism. it was a bet tom and i made before the baseball season even started. the twins had shipped off johan santana and torii hunter. every sports writer was predicting that the twins would finish last or second to last in the division. no one gave them a chance. except for me.
i bet tom $5 that the twins would make the playoffs. tom gladly took the bet, saying "the twins will be so far out of the race by the all-star break, it won't even be funny." the only funny thing that happened at the all star break was that the twins were still in it. and after the twins swept the sox at home last week, moving them into first place, i was almost sure the $5 was mine.
the race was too close, and it ended in a tie. so they had to play a tiebreaker. one lousy coin flip decided that the twins (who lead the season series against the sox) had to play in chicago. one lousy homerun was all they needed to win. and losing $5 isn't what really hurts. tom and i always make stupid sports bets like that. we bet on how many career 3 pointers david robinsion and shaq made.
actually i'm not going to say more on how it hurts. i'm just going to say that i despise, i loathe, i hate the chicago white sox. and i hope the tampa bay rays dominate them.