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Posts Tagged ‘world series’

World Series Begins Tonight!

Posted by AB on October 28, 2009

world_series_trophy.jpg  The Prize

In less than an hour, New York Yankees’ pitcher, C.C. Sebathia, will throw the opening pitch of the 2009 World Series to the Philadelphia Phillies’ leadoff batter, Jimmy Rollins.  The best-of-seven series opens at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

This is a matchup between what I thought were the best in their respective leagues, throughout the regular season.  The Phillies are the defending World Champions, but you wouldn’t know it if you listened to the media.  According to most national media commentators, the Phillies might want to save some embarrassment by just forfeiting.  Well, I have news for those people:  the Phillies are going to win.  Don’t get me wrong, the Yankees are a great team, but the dismissal of the defending champs will seep into the mindset of the Yankees players, and they will be out-classed, out-played, and out-coached.

It really saddens me two know that either of these fan bases are going to celebrate a World Championship, but I am heartened that the other will be miserable.  These are two of the most obnoxious fan bases in professional sports; the New York snobs and the Philadelphia ass-holes.  While saying that, I must point-out that while I am annoyed by them, they are some of the most passionate, knowledgable, and loyal fans in professional sports.  I have to give it to them; they are great sports fans.

While I was rooting, slightly, for an all Los Angeles World Series, I have not the slightest rooting interest in this series.  I don’t care who wins.  But I do love baseball, so I look forward to a great World Series, and this one should be a good one.

My prediction:  Phillies win in 6 games


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Yankees Win ALCS, Advance to World Series

Posted by AB on October 26, 2009

Last night, the New York Yankees won the American League Championship Series over the LA Angels, four games to two.  They will host the National League Champion Philadelphia Phillies when the World Series begins, on Wednesday.  This is the Yankees’ first trip to the World Series since 2003, when they lost to the Florida Marlins.  They haven’t won the Series since 2000, against their cross-town rival New York Mets.

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UPDATE: Phillies Advance to World Series

Posted by AB on October 22, 2009

Last night, the Philadelphia Phillies beat the LA Dodgers to win the National League Championship Series, four games to one.  The defending World Series Champions will play the winner of the Yankees/Angels American League Championship Series.

This Phillies team is much better than last years, in my opinion.  Not to mention the experience from last years series, the additions of Raul Ibanez and Cliff Lee bolstered the lineup and starting rotation.  No matter which team represents the American League in the World Series, it will be difficult to stop the red-hot Phillies.  What was an up-and-down regular season for Philly, they easily won the NL East, and now they seem to be playing their best baseball of the season.

Congrats to the Phillies.  I don’t like them, but they are one helluva baseball team.

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No More Home-Field!

Posted by AB on July 15, 2009

Most baseball fans can remember the 2002 All-Star Game in Milwaukee.  That was the infamous tie game.  The embarrassment of that night sent MLB Commissioner, Bud Selig, searching for a solution to prevent the same from happening in the future.  What has ensued since has been an experiment that was well-intentioned, but has now run its course.

I must admit, the idea of awarding home field in the World Series to the league that wins the All-Star Game was one that I thought about even before Bud Selig installed the rule.  The previous rule for home-field advantage, before 2003, was an absurd, arbitrary, alternating system.  One year the American League Champion would have home-field advantage, the next year the National League Champion would host the majority of games.  It was an attempt at killing two birds with one stone:  ensure that the All-Star Game would not end in a tie, and provide a system for determining home-field advantage in the World Series.  Even though the intention was honorable, it has been proved to be a bad idea from my point of view.  It is time for it to end.

The best way to determine home-field advantage would be to simply award it to the team with the best overall record.  This system has been avoided for far too long, and it’s difficult to see why.  The argument has always been that one league is better than the other in a particular year, making it more difficult for the team in the more competetive league.  Even if there was an accurate way to judge the quality of each league, which there isn’t, those thing have a tendency of leveling.

That would still leave us with the problem of the All-Star Game.  Major League Baseball would need to come up with a new set of incentives for the winner.  Even multi-millionaires like more money.  The winner could get a larger money bonus, or the winning team could all get new cars.  I’m sure that they can come up with something to keep the competition level high.  And I know that everyone deserves to play in the All-Star Game, and the 2002 tie happened because all of the pitchers were used.  Teams, understandably, do not want their pitchers used-up in the All-Star Game.  Maybe they should allow re-entry after the ninth inning, if all players have been used.  They could also add a pitcher or two that would only pitch if all other pitchers have been used and the game is in extra innings.

These are just some not-so-well thought out ideas.  All I know is that the current system is getting old and needs revision.  There are many brilliant minds working for Major League Baseball; it is time to utilize them.

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