First, there was Yost:
Ned Yost shows why he’s a terrible manager http://t.co/9r6TDxJtSb
— ESPN.com’s SweetSpot (@espn_sweet_spot) October 1, 2014
You may recall that Yost helmed the Milwaukee Brewers in 2008 when they were battling one of the best Cubs teams in our lifetimes for the National League Central title. I say “helmed” because he was fired just before the end of the season, allowing ex-Cubs manager Dale Sveum (before he was ex-Cubs manager) to help the Brewers win the NL wild card that year. The Brewers weren’t that bad, but Yost apparently was a bad enough manager that the Brewers didn’t feel like taking any chances. I don’t know if it’ll happen, but let’s just say I wouldn’t be surprised if the Royals decided to clean house this offseason, especially as they are about to lose Big Game James Shields to free agency. There was also THIS…WHAT IS THIS?!
Between the bunting, the Yosting, and the TOOTBLANing, the Royals didn’t exactly deserve to win here. Although in extras, the bunts do make sense because run expectancy takes a back seat to win expectancy if you’re the home team; Kansas City only needed one run to walk it off. The baseball gods were not very forgiving, though.
I was rooting for one of my hometown clubs as well as Billy Beane to get some vindication here. I was also very interested to see how former Cub Jeff Samardzija and future Cub Jon Lester will do as they get yet another shot at the Angels in the ALDS. Unfortunately, there was a point when Jon Lester was left in way too long and then crazy crap happened to send the game to extras and then Jason Hammel blew it in the 12th inning on a botched pitchout and a walkoff hit by Salvador Perez, so that was that. Feh. Bob Melvin out-Yosted Ned Yost.
On the other side, the National League Wild Card game will feature the other one of my hometown teams, the San Francisco Giants, against a solid small market team in the Pittsburgh Pirates. The winner of that game gets to face the Washington Nationals. Obviously I’m rooting for the Giants, but this triumvirate of teams is very intriguing. All were built off of mostly homegrown talent, with exciting young stars like Buster Posey, Madison Bumgarner, Andrew McCutchen, Bryce Harper etc etc etc. These teams exemplify what the Cubs could become very soon, as Cubs Den talked about earlier today.
Baseball is fun! And one of these days, the Cubs will play deep into October too. That will make baseball even more fun.