Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Let's get it on!!
"The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime." - Babe Ruth.
The Babe sure said a mouthful, huh?
Tomorrow starts the 2008 baseball playoffs. The playoffs are what a team works for beginning in February during spring training. This is the goal of each team. It doesn't matter who had the best record, because once the playoffs start, all bets are off. The slates are wiped clean and everyone has a new life.
Sure, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim clinched their division almost a month ago. And the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins still need to play a one game playoff to determine the Central division winner today. But that doesn't mean that one team is a sure thing to defeat another.
Did anybody outside of Colorado expect the Rockies to blow through everybody in the National League playoffs last year into the World Series? How about the 2005 Chicago White Sox? Or even the 2004 Boston Red Sox? After 86 years of futility, they finally won the World Series!
This year has the potential for a lot of stories. The Chicago Cubs, who haven't won the World Series in 100 years, have an impressive lineup and pitching staff that has the potential to win it all this year. Or how about the young Tampa Bay Rays? They have been the laughing stock of the major leagues for all ten years of their existence, but now have a legitimate shot at winning it all. The defending World Series Champion Boston Red Sox have to be taken into consideration also, as they are trying to become the first organization since the New York Yankees in 1999-2000 to repeat as champions.
This is the time of the year when every pitch, every hit, and every managerial decision can make or break you. This is the time of the year when a fan can rejoice one minute, and mourn their team the other. I think that former manager Chuck Tanner said it best, "It's hard to win the pennant, but it's harder losing one". Tanner was speaking about players and managers, but I believe that this especially applies to fans.
So to all the fans that have their teams in the playoffs, I wish you good luck. The games start tomorrow, so be sure to break out you lucky hat, eat your lucky chicken wings, sit in you lucky chair, or whatever you do to help your team out.
To all of the fans that don't have teams in this years baseball playoffs, the Red Sox start against the Angels at 10pm tomorrow. There is always room in Red Sox Nation for new members.
Posted by Matt Musk at 5:49 AM