Hi folks. Haven't posted in awhile. But I gotta speak.
I had my ticket, I cruised through security, was all set to get on board and head on down to Schadenfreude City, where the bums are gone and the baseball is pretty. And then last night happened. Arrggghhh!
The past 10 days had been so nice. First off, there was no more Cubs baseball. That felt good right? Getting that 800 lb Volstad off your back? I know I appreciated it. Then Ryan Dempster and his stupid Harry Carry impersonation went ass over teacup for a whole 3 innings as the A's beat the Rangers for the AL West, sending the Rangers home early. Liked that. And then, shock among shocks, a Dusty Baker managed team blew a commanding lead in the playoffs. Nice to be on the other end of that. Right? And we were treated to all 4 divisional series going 5 games. I didn't like seeing the A's go down and the Yankees and their obnoxious press corps tried to hijack the playoffs with this huge Alex Rodriguez got PH for nonsense, ( A 38 year old slumping third sacker who was 0-11 with 9 K's got pinch hit for and this is shocking news???!!?) but this was historic playoff baseball. AND IT SHOULD HAVE ENDED WITH THE CARDINALS GETTING BOUNCED OUT ON THEIR SLIGHTLY ABOVE MEDIOCRE ASSES! AND IT DIDN'T!
Everyone is now rushing to praise the Cardinals. What tenacity! What resiliancy. Never say die! Heart of a champion! To that I say Please! Spare me! Gag! and My ass....
The Nats absolutely blew that game. 8 walks. 8 Walks leading to 4 runs. 8 walks leading to four runs (including 2, the margin of the win.) in the 9th inning. All while having a 6-0 lead. And now the media is going to go to the story that isn't- which is the lack of Stephen Strasburg. Just don't! Don't go there. A 6-0 lead with 20 game winner on the mound. Ross Detwhiler, who pitched in Strasburg's place, threw a gem. Strasburg not being there is/was immaterial.
These lucky bastards! First that awful infield fly rule. Now this damn game? I know I know, they took advantage of the opportunity, every reliever coming out of the pen throws between 96-100 mph. ( How come this Trevor Rosenthal can come up, throw nothing but smoke and look like a monster and Alberto Cabrera comes up, throws nothing but mid 90's, and look like a mess?) And Matheney is much more likable and tolerable than Tony the Lawyer. But spare me. OK Beltran is doing his Beltran thing, but David Descalso and Pete Kozma? Yeesh....
So now I'm a Giants fan. At least for the 6 gut punching games until the Cardinals weasel their way into the World series. And then Verlander will somehow mysteriously get hurt. And then the world series. And even though none of their teams win over 90 games the Cardinals can brag about winning 3 World Series in 6 years and talk about a dynasty. See the frustration here? They didn't even win 90 games. They shouldn't have even been in the playoffs. Just like last year. And they're going to accomplish history!!!!
Well, in spite of the Cardinals and their absolutely insipid fans, these playoffs have been nothing short of outstanding. Methinks Cubs Den should be in on the action. So, Starting with tomorrow's game 1 of the NLDS, look for some NLDS and ALDS wraps. Probably a different format, but we should be discussing them. It's historic baseball, an it will be fun to talk about good baseball games. Even if the blood curdling Cardinals win. Which they obviously are.