Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007
Behind The Scoreboard
If the Major League Baseball world was biting its collective nails wondering who would be in the pennant races in the two leagues, they didn’t have very long to wait.
It might seem phenomenal to some, but as renowned as some of the participants were in the division rounds, they were dispatched with seeming ease. The Los Angeles Angels were ripping up the turf in the American League near the regular season’s end but went out 0-3 in the best of five series against the BoSox. Verily, the Angels scored only four runs in the entire series. There are those who will tell you that it was a superior pitching staff at Boston. Draw your own conclusion.
In the other series in the ALD, the Indians had their way with the New York Yankees; however, the Yankees made a fight of it in game two, forcing the game to 11 innings, losing 2-1. They bounced back and won game three at 8-4, but that would be their swan song. The Indians banished them in game four 6-4.
The NLDS saw a pair of sweeps. The Arizona Diamondbacks found themselves the victors in a straight three-game series with the Chicago Cubs. Not a lot of us were too surprised. Remember the Cubs are used to these “flame-outs” when the season really narrows. Think the Diamondbacks’ stocks didn’t go up a few notches?
Some of you might be familiar with the age old story that the plight of the Cubs is the result of a decades old curse, dating back to 1945 (the last time the Cubs went to the World Series), when the Cubs refused to let a goat attend the games.( Of course, you know that the Cubs haven’t won a Series in 99 years.) I find that odd, I mean about the goat. The word is he had a ticket and everything. Sort of like the horse strolling into a bar and asking for an extra dry martini, but that is another story.
But the real story of these playoffs is the Colorado Rockies. Isn’t it true that there always seem to be a gaggle of unsung heroes just waiting for a chance?
The Rockies, reputed to have the lowest pay scale in the majors, made short shrift of the Philadelphia Phillies. Quickly 3-0 and the Phillies are toast. The Rockies don’t even know where they are. And as this is being written, they are one win over the Diamondbacks away from their first-ever trip to the World Series. They lead the best of seven three games to none. You just have to give them credit.
Before anyone asks, y’all know I don’t predict World Series winners, hee, hee.
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