Thanks for the sympathy, Lance, but what I really want for the Dodgers is middle relief.
I'm now left with deciding who to root for in the National League. The Mets, who beat my guys and by winning it all would validate my belief that the Dodgers were pretty good this year, or the winner of the Padres-Cardinals series?
Hmm. These Mets aren't anywhere close to being as likable as the 1969 version of the team, or even as likable as the 1973 team. The Padres? Yuk. They beat the Dodgers 13 out of 18 games this year, so they too would seem to validate my opinion of the Dodgers (see paragraph 2). But they've always been the second or third banana in Southern California teams -- nearly an afterthought when talking about the region's pro sports franchises; I'm not sure I can go that direction. The Cardinals? Maybe back when they had Ozzie Smith, Willie McGee, Tommy Herr and Ken Oberkfell, or further back when they had Bob Gibson, Curt Flood, Julian Javier and Dal Maxvill, but now? I'm not fond of Tony LaRussa, and while I like Albert Pujols, is that enough to sway me?
In the American League it's easy. Although I was born in an Oakland suburb, the As don't know that. I've never been to Detroit, but I remember those Sixties teams with Al Kaline, Norm Cash, Willie Horton and Dick McAuliffe. Besides, they beat the Yankees, the most obnoxious franchise in baseball history.Posted by Linkmeister at October 8, 2006 02:16 PM | TrackBack