Well, my friends, the post season is upon us. What twists and turns lie in store for the eight best teams in baseball? I hope everyone will be watching to find out, even if the none of the eight teams in question hold a special place in your heart. There are still plenty of teams worth rooting for… and against.
I have collected a thought or two to share for each team, and list them here in order of least-to-most likable.
8. Philadelphia Phillies
I am ready for the Phillies time of greatness to be over. The team is so old that I have to think it soon will be. If their glorified pitching staff and punchy offense do end up carring them as far as is generally expected, it will be to my chagrin.
7. Cincinnati Reds
Call me a bitter Cubs fan, but I simply cannot wish the Red any success. The only thing I like about this team is Brandon Phillips’ smile, and I am sure that if they went all the way, it would break his face.
6. New York Yankees
I am not a rabid anti-Yankee person, I just think they should let someone else have a turn this year. If they were to repeat, I would be truly happy for one solitary reason (Kerry Wood, of course.)
5. Atlanta Braves
Sure, it’d make a great story for the Bravos to win it all in Bobby Cox’s final season, but… meh. It’s a good enough story that they made the playoffs, in my book.
4. San Francisco Giants
I am willing to let go of the Cubs-Giants grudgery of ages past (I can be a forgiving fan, see?) We did humiliate them in 1908, after all. Besides, they’ve got Little Babe Ruth now. And Buster Posey is fun to watch. And Tim Lincecum, Barry Zito, and Brian Wilson are fun to laugh at.
3. Tampa Bay Rays
The [Devil] Rays spent just long enough being the laughing stock of the major leagues as to give me pleasure in seeing them experience some success. I also like Carlos Pena and Ben Zobrist.
2. Minnesota Twins
Jim Thome has played in the post season eight times without ever having won a World Series. I like Jim Thome and this fact makes me sad.
1. Texas Rangers
I do not, in fact, like the Rangers any more than the Twins. But Minnesota won a championship in 1991. In Cubs years, that’s like yesterday.
And here are a few bonus thoughts/opinions!
Match-up that would disgust me:
Yankees vs. Phillies
Match-ups that would bore me:
Yankees vs. Braves (The ’90’s are over.)
Rays vs. Phillies (So is 2008.)
Match-ups that I would watch with interest and pleasure:
Rangers vs. Giants (Think of the pitching match-ups! Cy Young winners Tim Lincecum and Cliff Lee! Mimbos Barry Zito and CJ Wilson!)
Twins vs. Braves (Think of the catching match-up! Joe Mauer and Brian McCann! Actually, a Twins-Giants [Mauer-Posey] contest would be almost as agreeable.)
If I get this right, everyone owes me a jar of Nutella. To form these guesses, I used equal parts common sense and wishful thinking.
NLDS- I think that Philadelphia will dispatch Cincinnati. San Francisco will edge out Atlanta.
ALCS- I think that the Yankees will beat the Twins, and the Rangers will upset the Rays.
NLCS- The Phillies will come out on top of the Giants.
NCIS- I don’t know, I don’t watch that show.
ALCS- The Rangers will triumph over the Yankees.
World Series- I predict the Rangers will somehow defeat the Phillies. They already beat the Rays and Yankees, so why not? Like I said, wishful thinking.