Now that I'm up and running I have to jump back to the NLDS and the ALDS. There were two outcomes that pleased me very much. The Cards beating the Phillies and the Tigers beating the Yankees. Before you call me a Yankee hater or think that I'm just angry because the Phillies are the best team in the NL East, read on.
I'm all about the underdog. I can't think of anyone, in any form of sports media, who picked the Cardinals or the Tigers to advance. Everyone said the Cards would be too tired and emotionally drained from September. The Tigers, well, they just didn't seem to be as talented as the mighty Yankees and once you factor in New York fans, well...
I love the fact that the two teams who are seemingly the best on paper are out of the post season. It once again proves that marquee players and huge salaries do not always win championships. The Phillies have the most daunting pitching staff in baseball. Combine that with the bats of Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley. Then add Hunter Pence at the trade deadline. There was absolutely no way that this team wasn't going to the World Series. In fact, they'd probably win the whole thing. Hmm...just like everyone said last year. What actually makes me happiest about the dismissal of the Phillies goes back to game 162 at Turner Field. There were two very obnoxious Phillies fans sitting right in front me. They turned around to 'chat' quite often. Yes, I think of them, and I smile.
As for the Yankees, it's that whole the rich get richer thing. I'm not a Yankees fan. I never have been. I never will be. That said, I have a lot of friends who are die-hard Yankees fans and some of them are very nice people! Here's the disclaimer. I don't like the Yankees as an entity but I do have a certain appreciation for aspects of the organization. I love their history. I love the respect and adoration they have for former players. I remember how sad it was when Thurman Muson died and how fitting the team's tribute was. I'm glad Joe Torre is in the Commissioner's Office. I think Derek Jeter is a classy guy and player. But still, I'm glad the current team is at home watching the post season on tv.