Where would baseball be without childishness, perceived slights, vigilantism, paranoia and rampant irrationality? More important, where would the rest of us be without all this Code Kabuki?
One way to look at the Game 1 mound matchup in the NLCS: old-school (that'd be Roy Halladay) versus new-school (that'd be Tim Lincecum).
Smoke, mirrors and a never-give-up attitude brought Bobby Cox's Braves and Tim Lincecum's Giants into the National League playoffs. Think the Phillies are scared? (Neither do we.)
Bruce Bochy provided an unexpected image of joy, circling the stadium with his players after the Giants clinched the NL West on Sunday. Here's hoping for three more weeks filled with those kind of moments.
For 12 years, Roy Halladay pitched in the shadows of the Yankees and Red Sox. Now in Philadelphia, he's focused on making the National League's best team even better.
Opening Day in Washington, D.C., featured injured war veterans, the President and chants of "U-S-A!" along with nine innings of baseball. And it wasn't an entirely comfortable mix.