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Harvey's you think the Dodgers are better than the Cards, at this point in time?
The problem with allowing 10 teams in is that we're starting to see the same teams over and over again. I'm basically Cardinals'd and Tigered out
I am genuinely sorry, Pirates fans. Sometimes we beat truly execrable teams and humiliate disgusting fan bases ('06 Mets, '87 Giants) in our quest for excellence, but sometimes we beat honorable teams with decent fan bases ('82 & '11 Brewers, '06 Tigers, and now the '13 Pirates) and I don't relish it. This is one of those times where I genuinely wish both teams could have won.
FWIW, next time you might want to shoo away the many Cubs fans who, subhumans that they all are and always are, rooted for you if only to spite us. If there was any jinx factor involved, it was surely that.
if the dodgers can take that away AND play defense the sequencing that the cards rely on will be stressed
The Pirates this year were the best story in baseball in a long time.......If the Tigers win tomorrow, what looked like a really exciting postseason will have basically turned into a pumpkin. A rotten pumpkin. Filled with ebola. And sadness
They were a great story, but you could also argue that the Red Sox are a great story, with Farrell coming in, Cherington being allowed to work without Lucchino interference and turning it around. I don't know too many people who, in the beginning of the year, thought they'd be in this position. The Dodgers are also a great story with new ownership spending the bucks to win and Hanley returning to MVP form, Kershaw pitching like a Hall of Famer, Puig taking the game by storm and their massive comeback from a terrible first two months. A Tiger World Series win would be their first since 1984 -- that's 29 years, almost as long as the Pirates, in a city whose economy has been in freefall since 1980. That leaves the Cards, and although I can't think of a great story there other than maybe all the rookies, the cool thing is that I could go to the World Series for the 2nd time in 3 years.
The upstarts consistently get plowed under by the same five or six high value teams.
The Twins and the Rays and the A's just keep getting kicked in the teeth year after year
There was no doubt that St. Louis would win tonight just as there was no doubt Boston would win last night because they always do. Or at least it feels that way.
That leaves the Cards, and although I can't think of a great story there other than maybe all the rookies, the cool thing is...
The A's only postseason series win was 2006 against the Twins (discounted greatly, see below). OK. they're cursed. But kicked in the teeth?
Winning 97 games and leading the NL in runs scored by a wide margin without Albert Pujols or Tony LaRussa (and despite Ty Wigginton), all while setting an NL record for number of rookie pitchers used, surviving the loss of the starting SS, the closer, and two of their top starters (Carpenter and Garcia); Matt Carpenter moving to second base, etc. And the home grown aspect of this team is just awesome- only five of the 25 players on the team's playoff roster have ever played for another team in the big leagues, and three of those were relievers (who got a combined total of 3 IP in the NLDS). It's a much better story than "spent $200M to try to buy the worst division in baseball and still managed to stink it up the first two months".
The high value teams are the Yankees, Red Sox and Cardinals.
You're just describing things that happened.
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