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Monday, October 29, 2012

Well, THAT was anti-climactic...

                               Well, it's over; another baseball season in the books.  Shame it had to end like it did, with a World series sweep.  The playoffs were something else (I know the Yankees got swept, but I enjoyed that).  I really thought the Tigers were gonna do it.  It's almost as if you can't win a series too early; 'cause if you do, the team you're going to face will have the adrenaline, which the Giants clearly had.  I always love watching the World Series, but Fox is making it harder and harder to enjoy...Tim McCarver and Joe Buck are like a couple of gnats at a campfire; relentlessly annoying.  Then there was that bizarre Taco Bell promotion called "steal a taco" ( I wouldn't give people who eat at Taco Bell any ideas, ha) where people can get a free taco because of that Angel Pagan steal in game one.  Great idea; remember when Oprah did the same with KFC a few years back?  That didn't end in riots at all...


                      The year had some big chokes as well; the Rangers running out of steam and then losing the one game playoff to the Orioles. The Yankees forgetting how to hit against Detroit, with some of their best players setting records for hitting futility.  The Cardinals had a similar problem against the Giants, but that didn't kick in until game 5. As for my team, the Red Sox, the less said about them, the better...


               I could guess about the awards this year; NL MVP should be Buster Posey and AL should be Miguel Cabrera.  If that happens, it'll be the first time the two league MVP's met in the World Series since 1980, when Mike Schmidt's Phillies beat George Brett's Royals.  Cy Young in the NL will hopefully be R.A. Dickey, 'cause it's a great story to boot.  AL should be Jared Weaver.  What ever happened to his brother, Jeff Weaver, anyway...sorry, off topic. Rookie in the AL will be Mike Trout, who could also win MVP; NL should be Bryce Harper, but there's more competition there.  Manager of the year in the AL should be Buck Showalter, although Bob Melvin should get some votes for what he did w/ the A's...NL MOTY should be Davey Johnson.


            The offseason in many ways is more interesting; all the trades, free agent signings, hirings, firings...but it's also sad.  I like football, but I don't start getting into it until December, really.  Basketball is now being played down the street from me (Barclays center...I'd need a free ticket to go see the Celtics) and Hockey's on strike, although no one seems to notice much.  I guess I have to give Selig a little bit of credit for avoiding a lockout; I get on him for a lot, but there hasn't been a work stoppage of any significance since 1994.  I'll keep writing the blog, of course; there's much to discuss, and remember, I started this in the off season in March, and I had no season to talk about yet.  This is the time when I will REALLY get esoteric...so, you know, stay tuned for that...

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