Tuesday, October 21, 2008

World Series

I'm looking forward to the World Series. I think the Rays and the Phillies is a good match-up. Do you realize in like 100 years of existence, the Phillies have won one World Series title? In 1983, I think. The Rays, meanwhile, have pretty much finished in last place every year of their existence, until now. Both teams have some great talent this year. I have to think the Rays will take it in six or seven, based on the fact that they beat out both the Yankees and Red Sox for their regular season division title, and then vanquished the Red Sox again in the playoffs. Those are some great teams they beat to get here. Meanwhile, the Phils had to deal with the self-imploding Mets and a questionable Brewers team, before deposing of a pretty weak Dodgers squad (Manny excluded) in the NL Championship.

Things open Wed. and Thurs. in the dome - which from what I understand is an abomination of a place. Personally, I've never watched more than an inning of ball there. I listened to the AL Championship Series on the radio. But, at least the weather will be good. And things don't look all too bad in Philly for the next 10 days. So, let's play some ball and get it done. The NFL is about to kick into its stretch drive and the Bills are 5-1. (And DrD's Vikings have the immortal Gus Frerotte at the helm.)

Cheers.

Ralph

2 comments:

DrD said...

National League can't win because they don't have the DH.

DH enables AL to win All-Star game every year.

The winner of All-Star game hosts World Series.

Host of World Series gets to play by its league rules.

Because of the creation of a highly paid roster spot specifically created for a h ome-run hitter, the AL has most of the big sticks.

So, they win all-star game, they get DH in World Series, they win World Series.

Since inception of DH in 1973, AL has won 20 out of 34 World Series.

The numbers become even more skewed toward the AL in the last 24years. In that time, the AL is 16-8 against the NL in the World Series.

So, while I would love to see Philly win, my money is on the Rays.

DDDDDDDDDDDDDD

Ralph said...

The N.L. probably should adopt the DH. Pretty much every baseball league in the U.S. (I'm not sure what they do in Japan) from high school on up, offers a DH option. There's something to be said for purity of the game, but there is also something to be said for stupidity. The NL's holding out against the DH and falling behind the AL because of it is reflective of the adapt or be crushed theory espoused by Guns, Germs, and Steel. Sure, there is probably more strategy with the pitcher hitting, but I think it might be time to move on people.

Ralph