Pre-game

GebNormally, the news about Haile Gebrselassie obliterating the world record in the marathon would send me into a dizzy and force me to blather on and on and on about the greatness of the beautiful Ethiopian runner and how marathoning is the one true sport.

Truth be told, I could talk about running all day long. Frankly, running is all I want to do with my time away from my wife and kids.

But today is different. It’s Game 162 and everything is at stake. As Aaron Rowand artfully summed it up: “If we win we get to keep playing.” It’s just that simple.

So Geb’s 2:04:26 in Berlin takes a back seat. Instead, I spent the morning chatting with other writers in attempt to gauge their opinion of how today’s events will unfold. Interestingly, the predictions are all as different as the personalities. Some say everyone will lose. Another (like me) thinks that every team in the hunt will win. Still others believe the Mets will win and the Phillies will lose to set up the showdown here at the Bank tomorrow night.

None of the sportswriters have ever heard of Haile Gebrselassie.

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