Thursday, October 12, 2006
Detroit celebrates; Oakland next
Well, it turns out that the Mets were not the only amazing team during the early playoff season. The Detroit Tigers, long forgotten as contenders, gave the whole baseball world cause for notice.
When the Tigers lost their opening round game to the giants (no pun intended San Francisco, you have no stake in this), of the American League, the murmur was, “What did you expect?”
But like in “An Allegory On The Death Of A Mad Dog,” a wonder came to light to show the rogues their misjudgement. The Tigers took the Yankees to the mat for the next three games straight, even blanking them in one contest.
Detroit took an unheralded cast to dispose (and depose), of the likes of Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and the remaining cast which $200 million bought.
This was a Tiger team which just three years ago had lost 119 games and since then has seemingly been buried in mediocrity.
They won’t have a lot of time to savor the flavor of proving everyone wrong. They have to meet the Oakland Athletics, who swept the Minnesota Timberwolves in their five- game series.
Anyway, the Tigers won’t have to listen to the comparisons made between them and the Kansas City Royals (what is it about Kansas? My Chiefs can’t find an end zone behind a team of search dogs! There must be something in the water), who always seem to end up as bottom feeders.
It is still hard to figure just how the Cardinals can manage to win the ones which really count. They survived their trial with the San Diego Padres to face the Mets in the National League finals. It was reported earlier that these Mets were amazingly similar to the Mets of old.
Translated: St. Loo, you don’t have chance!
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