Football Can Wait

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As we have become an increasingly football-crazed (intoxicated?) nation, you’ll forgive our youngest citizens if they are puzzled when you tell them baseball was once our National Pastime.  The long season, frequent breaks in gameplay and tendency to cling to history seem to turn off many young fans as our attention spans grow ever shorter.

But this year baseball has given us a postseason that’s been long on drama.  From the end of southern hospitality (still too soon for some of us) to high stakes quadruple headers (a good time to have the MLB At Bat app at work) to A-Rod pulling down more phone numbers than hits (no comment), we’ve been treated to three great weeks of Postseason baseball already and the World Series hasn’t even started.

With that, here are three great reasons to tune in when the Fall Classic kicks off tonight in San Francisco:

1) Parity Rules.  Unlike the NFL and college football, where the same teams seem to rule year in and year out, baseball has seen 8 different teams win the big one in 10 years, and no team has gone back to back since the Evil Empire rattled off three straight from 1998-2000.

2) Marquee talent all around.  In one series we will see this year’s Triple Crown winner (Miguel Cabrera), arguably the best pitcher in baseball (Justin Verlander), one of the best catchers in the game (Buster Posey) and a sorcerer.  These guys are good.

3) It’s been there vs. done that: while this Giants team won the title just two years ago, the Detroit roster features a number of players who remember the sting of falling to the Cardinals in 2006.  The Giants think they are on the verge of earning Dynasty consideration, but the Tigers won’t forget what it feels like to come up short.

Prediction time.  There’s something funny going on with the Giants: this is a team that lost their closer (Brian Wilson, surgery) and best hitter (Melky Cabrera, cheating) and still found a way to come back from a 3-1 deficit in the NLCS (and did it in a downpour that had an eerie ‘Shawshank’ look to it by the end).  But all good things must come to an end; the Tigers have set their suddenly unstoppable rotation and rested the big bats; it will be close, but look for the Tigers to take it in 7.

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Written by John Seiler
John Seiler

October 24th, 2012 at 2:40 pm

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