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The Giants win. (Surprise!!!!!) Well, I should kill the sarcasm a bit here. The Giants were predicted to make it to the world series and lose to the Angels by SI. But the rest was nuts. The Giants, going to game 7 with the Cardinals, Game 5 with the reds, then sweeping the Tigers? Nuts. But they got hot at the right time – and San Fransisco will have another World Series Parade. Pablo Sandoval, the bullpen, Buster Posey, Marco Scutaro, and Matt Cain. Yes, that was the core of a world series team. Congrats to San Fran.

But for the rest of the world, it’s official. A huge accomplishment, and day one of a long break. Yes, folks, you know what this means.  The baseball season is over for everyone, and (as usual) only one of us came home happy. It was a year of promise and youth ( the Nats and A’s) a year of age and falling (Yankees and Yankees) and a year of streaks, surprises and, yes, sweeps. I mean, who would guess – the Nats and the A’s would win their division? The Giants would win the world series? The Giants would sweep the world series? The Tigers would sweep the Yankees?, A-Rod on the trade market? Tim Lincecum NOT STARTING THE WORLD SERIES?  This has been such a surprising year with no suspense spared.

So, on my last 2012 baseball post, I’ll leave you with this: 154 days until opening day. And get ready: because next year? Who knows what’s going to happen?

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A city of angels gone evil

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Dear Citizens of Miami, LA, Detroit and San Fransisco-

Miami can celebrate now, Heat fans. You are no longer the evil empire. With the acquisition of Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, and lots of talk about Lebron in 2014, you guessed it – the attention hogging, celebrity snogging, twitter-and-blogging, kobe hailing, kings of staples center, Lakers have taken that burden off of the shoulders of the Miami Heat.

The annoying part is that you’ve made people care, Lakers.. I mean, have you seen the cover here? Never mind – you already broadcasted it to your 2,767,507 followers. And yes. That is a real number Detroit and San Fransisco.  That is real.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week, by the way, when the world series is JUST STARTING. Ouch. Detroit and San Fransisco, that burns. But don’t worry, I’m speaking up for you. By the way LA, this is my “Regional” cover. I live in DC. Yet how didn’t I get Miguel Cabrera? You’ve given the world the impression that you will always be: A) the best, B) making big, mindblowing trades and additions, and C) the greatest show on earth – on MTV at least. Even though you are in the NBA.

Well I speak now for the silent. Enough is enough. I don’t understand. If there are 29 others, why tilt them to you? Why must you inflate the (already) huge fan base, with your sparkly rings, trophies and players? I live in DC. I can understand trying for us, Milwaukee, Houston, New Orleans, and at a point, even your own LA Clippers, your younger brothers (who, any minute now, by the way, will overtake you).

But when a regular season NBA game hasn’t been played and baseball is at it’s climax – how can you use those little puppy dog eyes of yours and bring us back to you? I just don’t get it LA.

And Miami? Don’t expect to be out of it long… it won’t be long before the entire world starts talking about LeBron to LA, thanks to your good friends in LA.

The Lakers have made the NBA a one man show. And unless you live in LA, I’m pretty sure you’ll agree with me.

-Will

World Series – Nothing beats this…

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October. Halloween. Fall. And some little baseball tournament. These are the three things I think about when I hear the first word: October.

So tonight, when the Giants take on the Tigers in that cool San Francisco air, the world will be watching, and nobody knows what will happen. Will the Giants have another monster offense night? Will the Tigers pitching staff shut them down? It’s October baseball, and every pitch counts.  I won’t talk long – but October baseball – well – you try to beat it.

The world series: 2006

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When was the last time you thought about the 2006 world series? Okay, let me rephrase: when was the last time you thought about the 2006 world series if you aren’t a Tigers or Cardinals fan?

Well, you may have forgotten. But it’s okay, since right now, it looks like we’ll be seeing a rematch. Except….

This time, it might be different. It just might. And in fact, right now, it looks like it will. So, if you’ve followed this blog for a while, I’m back with my original pick. Tigers.

All this year, I’ve talked about momentum, momentum, momentum. And I’m back with it. Stealing the division was fine. But the the Tigers have won 5 straight playoff games. In my mind, that is as much momentum as you can gather. It just seems perfect.

Even so, it doesn’t make tons of sense – how can the least-winning, offense prodigy-that-never-delivered, behind white sox for the entire season team – be on their way to the world series – and to a banner and trophy?

Simple: this team clicked at the right time. The Cardinals started a bit too early. They started in late September. The Tigers just hit their peak.

But why won’t the Cardinals win?

Because there hasn’t been a repeat team in forever. And the Cardinals are an offense heavy team going against a team of aces.

Plus, who says the Giants won’t make a comeback?

So I give the nod to the Tigers. You can’t beat a sweep.

The Updater: Division Series predictions

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So, we’ve gotten past the beer bottle massacre and the infield . We’ve gotten past the one game wild card excitement and errors. And now the playoffs as we knew them begin but end at the same time. The days of rewards for division winning and best records are over, and the Wild Cards can give the best teams in baseball only one home playoff game. But that may not matter. So, without any further ado……. my Division Series predictions!

Yankees VS Orioles

This is tough. Very tough. Only one game separated the Yankees from a win or die game at the Bronx, and the Orioles winning the AL East. And yet. Coming into Baltimore could be impossible. The Yankees, though, are the Yankees, and will take game one behind C.C Sabathia. But the O’s will come roaring back the next day, and take the next win, assuring both teams two more chances to win it or blow it. The Yankees will go home and win again, getting up 2-1 in the Bronx, but this is an Orioles team that absolutely will not die easy. But in game 5, the Yankees back under C.C will take the game and win the series in a nailbiter game.

 

Tigers VS Athletics

Remember when I said the Yankees VS Orioles Series was tough? I lied. This is tough. The A’s are the hottest team in baseball. The Tigers are a close second. Both stole the division within the last games or the last game of the season, so they’re coming in on a roll. Game one in Detroit will be taken by Verlander and the Tigers. But the A’s hotness comes back, and they’ll steal the next two games with their rookie rotation and team of veterans. The Tigers will be desperate for a game 5, to give Verlander a trip to the mound, but the A’s will win in a nailbiter of a game 4 and advance to the Yankees.

Reds VS Giants

The Reds have been on cruise control for the past two months. But this is a big wake up call. Johnny Cueto VS Matt Cain will be fun to watch, but the Giants will take that, mainly because of Cain’s playoff experience. Not so fast though, the Reds will take the next in San Fransisco. But Bronson Arroyo isn’t exactly clutch, and the Giants will take game 3 in Cinci. And game 4 will be scary for the Reds. The Giants will jump out to an early lead, but the Reds will make a miracle comeback to win. But in Game 5, Cueto won’t have it again, and Cain will. So the Giants will go on to face the winner of…

Cardinals VS Nationals

The Nats have the best record in baseball and the best rotation. But the Cardinals have the experience. Even so, Gio Gonzalez will take the win on Sunday. The Cardinals will bounce right back though, and tie the series up. But the DC has their first home playoff game in 79 years, so expect the crowd to be a huge factor in 3 and 4, which the Nationals will take, and get ready for San Fran.

I’ll be ready with my AL and NLCS predictions as soon as the teams are confirmed, but until then…

Happy playoffs!

The Updater: Wild Card predictions

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This has been a remarkable season. The rise of the Nationals, Reds and Orioles, the fall of the Red Sox, Phillies, and the failed created World Series rings made by the Angels and Marlins. Plus Teddy won. 

But more importantly, the playoffs start tonight. So without further ado…. my playoff predictions!

AL WILD CARD:
To go into the playoffs with a loss is one thing. But to have had complete control of the division since June and to give it up on the last game of the season, then to go to the playoffs in that mindset? I’m sorry, but the O’s get the nod in this case, even though the Rangers have a lot to argue in this post.

NL WILD CARD:

I’m a bit late to the party on this, and the Cardinals are winning 6-3 right now. It’s delayed because of a horribly blown call, and they’re trying to take all the beer bottles and cans off the field. Chipper has gone 19 strong. But it might be too late for him and the Braves. There’s a tiny chance, but now, I have to go with the Cardinals, because with no offense to the Braves – they aren’t playing their best tonight – and if it’s win or go home, you have to be at your best.

 

These could be completely wrong. And tomorrow, I promise NLDS and ALDS predictions.

Happy playoffs!