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First time I remember actively rooting against the Cubs in a game I attended. That was a fun game to watch, and what a bizarre way to end it.
The good part of starting Liriano is that Pirates fans won't have to bite their nails; they'll know by the second inning whether the Pirates are going to win or lose.
I'm not sure what you guys are on about, though; Cole pitched tonight, and unless I'm reading something severely wrong Game 163 will be Cole's turn in the rotation. Is there an off day between Game 162 and Game 163? If so, I'd rather have Cole on an extra day of rest than Liriano on normal rest, I think.
And I don't trust Liriano's control in a one and done type of game.
Considering Liriano's historic effectiveness against left-handed hitters and the Reds' top offensive weapons being Choo, Votto, and Bruce, wouldn't Hurdle be completely insane not to start him against Dusty's squad in a one-game playoff?
I don't trust Liriano's control in a one and done type of game.
I'm open to describing it with another moniker, but as for me (and I suspect I speak for a few others too) I took to calling it Game 163 because I dislike it and don't want to dignify it by calling it a playoff game (despite the fact it is, by definition, a playoff game; grumble grumble). I could go back to "Play-in game", I suppose.
I can accept change even if I dislike it; I strongly dislike expanded playoffs in general and short series (and, ye gods, one-game playoffs) in particular. It cheapens the championship by deciding the champion mostly by random luck. That seems acceptable following a 16 game football season; I can't stand it following a 162 game baseball season.
But I know I'm in the minority and most of the casuals just love playoffs.
MLB calls it a postseason game. Therefore, it is.
I don't like the new system (one might note - if it were the old wild card formulation, we'd have two excellent races going on) but, the playoffs are defined by the folks holding them. MLB calls it a postseason game. Therefore, it is.
And yet "postseason" is not necessarily synonymous with "playoffs". It is a postseason game, that is certain. Whether it is a playoff game is less certain.
Well, IIRC the '84 Cubs clinched the NL East in Pittsburgh, and I'm sure a few folks in black and gold cheered the North Siders that evening. What goes around comes around.
It also helps that there really wasn't any ill will from the Bucs fans...
The Rangers actually do fly some sort of 2012 pennant. Who konws what it says, the print must be tiny, but it commemorates that magical moment when they backed their way through the first-ever American League Wild Card Round :)
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