My current role with the UN has placed me in Rome until the end of the year, which means that I'm typically sacrificing an extra hour or two of sleep each night in order to catch the last three innings of each ALCS game. It's a worthy sacrifice. Now, I'm giving some strong consideration to plunking down my SkyMiles, catching a weekend flight back to Detroit, and watching Games 3-5* of the World Series** in person.
But my European manager is slightly nonplussed by my fandom. "I don't really understand this baseball thing, michimoby. Why would you even consider such a thing?". So, attempting to convince him to allow me a few days off to make this journey is going to be an uphill climb. I attempted to use a comparable analogy (Champions League, blah blah blah), yet his upbringing in a small Austrian town forces the comparison into a field of indifference.
I need some advice: how do I creatively explain the magnitude of this event and my keen desire to attend to someone that is unfazed? Have you come up with creative excuses for skipping work for a critical sporting event? I'd love to hear your thoughts.
* - I'm planning for Game 5 to not be played.
** - This could be the most horrendously backfiring jinx in history. I know, I know.