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Elimination day

Posted by keithosaunders on October 9, 2011

At last I can exhale and begin to enjoy the 2011 baseball season now that the corporate automaton known as the Yankees have been eliminated by the Detriot Tigers.  That’s twice in five years that the smug, arrogant Yankee fans have looked past the Tigers towards the ALCS, and each time, much to their chagrin, their clean-cut, star-laden team has come up short.

How did the Yankees lose that game?  They had men on base in every inning except the first and the ninth, yet they could only score two runs.  Playoff A-Rod is an out waiting to happen.  I wonder if the Yankees are beginning to regret the contract that they gave him.  Who am I kdding — they could sign Pujois, Lincecum, and Cliff Lee next week and not blink. 

Here is the opening of longtime New York sports radio host, Chris Russo’s show the morning after the Yankees were eliminated.  It’s worth a listen.

But enough about the Yankees.  Let’s talk Brewers baseball.  There were two classic game fives on Friday night, but few games will match the intensity and drama of the Brewers deciding game versus the surprising and resilient Arizona Diamondbacks. 

This is why we watch baseball:  Not to see high-wattage super-teams composed of mercenary, colorless players, but to see the unbridled elation from teams such as Milwaukee. (or Arizona, had they advanced)   

Elation may have been an understatement.  I have never seen a team go so wild over a divisional series win before.  Granted Milwaukee won it with a walkoff hit in the bottom of the 10th, coming on the heels of Arizona failing to score a go-ahead run after they had loaded the bases loaded in the top of the ninth.  Still — the way they were carrying on you would have thought they had won the World Series.  

The sideline reporter tried to interview Prince Fielder, but the big guy would have none of it.  He grunted a few syllables before saying he had to go.  After a couple of comments from Ryan Braun, the hero of the hour, Nyger Morgan, popped his head into the frame and the reporter, quick as a cat whirled around and shouted, “Nyger, a few words please!”  Morgan had turned to the crowd and was shouting something at them.  All of a sudden you see this hand with a television mic extend towards Morgan and then you hear, “FUCK YEAH! FUCK YEAH!”

You know it’s been a couple of good days in the Keitho household when you get a Yankee elimination followed by unscripted F bombs on TV.  

Finally the reporter corals Morgan for an interview and he’s still looking around at the crowd and hugging various players, and finally he turns to her and says, “I got nothing for you,” and leaves for the clubhouse. 

 What the?!  The Brewers are the anti-corporation, dissing the media.  I love it!  

The next thing TBS showed was the clubhouse and I had never seen so much champagne flowing and such carrying on.  I counted eight bottles, and believe me, they were flowing.

Psst…Brewers…you haven’t won anything yet. 

 Ah, who am I kidding, I can’t stay mad at them.  I’ll be rooting for them to advance to the World Series, if no other reason than to see how much more amped up their celebrations can get.  Pass the cheese!

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Is this what baseball has come to?

Posted by keithosaunders on November 30, 2010

Today, on my way to checking my fantasy teams, I happened upon a yahoo article that I found to be one of the most cynical pieces of journa-ma-lism ever.  The article is about the Rockies having locked up their all-world shortstop, Troy Tulowitski, to a long-term, big-money contract.  The reporter, Jeff Passan, opines that Tulo was foolish not to pursue more money, as well as championships, with different teams. [read large-market]

What could’ve been, though. Oh, what could’ve been. On one hand, Tulowitzki played things safe. He was reasonable. And on the other, he lacked the fortitude to chase the greater glory that awaited him elsewhere. The money he could’ve gotten and the championships he could’ve won had he simply played out his current contract with the franchise that can’t help itself from taking a blade to its jugular.

So this is what it has come to?  Remaining loyal to one team throughout your entire career shows a lack of fortitude?!  I didn’t realize that Ernie Banks had such little gumption.  According to Passan we should look up to people like Alex Rodriguez, Cliff Lee, and Roidger Clemens — athletes who follow their dreams of glory through inevitable championships.   

Passan goes on to write

If this deal is bad for Tulowitzki, it’s ill-conceived and unconscionable for a Rockies team that knows what long-term, big-money contracts do to franchises with middling budgets: cripple them. 

So as the Rockies celebrate Tulowitzki’s new deal, they do so knowing that Ubaldo Jimenez is now likely to leave after the 2014 season. And that Carlos Gonzalez, a Scott Boras client, is certain to do so. And that rather than waiting until 2014 to figure out where to spend their money, the team went all-in on a player who has missed significant time in two of his four seasons because of injuries.

In Passon’s cynical world the chief function of teams such as the Rockies and the Washington Nationals is to serve as petri dishes for the serious contenders.  The temerity of the Rockies, to lock up this talented player, thereby denying the large-market teams the chance to tweak their already over-stuffed lineups. 

My dreams scenario for 2011:  The Rockies win the NL West by 10 games and breeze to the Series by beating the Cards and Phillies in the playoffs.  In the Series they sweep the New York Yankees on the strength of Troy Tulowitzki’s 4 homerun, 10 RBI performance. 

   

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