19 October 2008

I wish I had money on this....

The World Series starts on Wednesday, and the following teams will NOT be participating (among others): the Yankees, the Red Sox, the Mets, the Dodgers, the Cardinals, the Cubs, or the White Sox. Tim McCarver will be so disappointed*! If you guessed that the Series would be Philadelphia vs. Tampa Bay, and you put money down on it, what kind of private jet will you be buying? If you picked them, and DIDN'T put any money on it then please, slowly step away from the ledge. It will be ok.

In all seriousness, I'm really glad to see teams in the Series that haven't been there in a while (Philly hasn't been there since '93, hasn't won since '83. Tampa has never been there. We'll get to that in a minute.) I was glad to see the Dodgers lose (because I'm ALWAYS glad to see the Dodgers lose), and I was really glad to see the Red Sox lose, both because I am tired of hearing about them, and because the Rays are such a great story. Seriously, in the last three drafts, the Rays have picked 3rd, 1st, and 1st meaning that they have had one of, if not the worst record in the league. To go from the worst record in the league last year to the world series this year (with two of those last three draft picks playing a big part in getting them there) is amazing. Whoever wins (and my money is on TB), it won't be one of the usual suspects, and that has to be good for baseball. I know I'm a lot more likely to watch the games with the Rays in the series than I would have been with the Red Sox, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels that way.

*Seriously, I don't understand why Fox continues to employ Tim McCarver to cover national games. He always comes across to me as if in his mind there are only a handful of real teams (NY, NY, Boston, LA, St. Louis, and Chicago), and everyone else is just filler for the schedules. Of course, Fox does have a very questionable track record, when it comes to choosing on-air personalities...

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