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Made the '05 Series look like Citizen Kane.
I have to agree with Dan. Sweeps aren't much fun, and this series had more of the feel of inept Tigers hitting than of great Giants pitching. I do have to admit that in isolation, Game 4 was pretty good (extra innings usually are), but in every other game, the Giants never relinquished the lead once they had scored. Two of the games may have been close, but without lead changes or satisfyingly dominant pitching, they weren't particularly good games.
The '05 Series was Citizen Kane.
Jim Leyland let Phil Coke face 4 of 8 RHBs with the season on the line.
Congrats to the Giants but that was one of the least engaging World Series I can recall.
Someone says that pretty much every year, don't they?
The 2005 World Series wasn't engaging? Huh? Yeah, it was a sweep, but the games were close and a lot more dramatic (in my opinion) than, say, the 2-0 games in this one
It's a cliche to say the losing team in a series just didn't try hard enough, but what other conclusion can you draw? The Tigers didn't show up at all. They didn't care. So why should I?
That's because it was. Worst. World. Series. Ever. Pathetic.
Love the people popping in with nothing else to say than how boring the World Series was. The last three games were 2-0, 2-0, 4-3. The other game was historic in that it included three home runs by one player. What exactly are you complaining about? Need more dingers?
The last three games were 2-0, 2-0, 4-3. The other game was historic in that it included three home runs by one player. What exactly are you complaining about? Need more dingers?
For this year, why not the Giants? They won 94 games in the regular season,
If you were building a team for 2013, would he be one of the first five guys you'd pick?
Sorry, but this is just uniformed ... The idea that they were overwhelmed by the moment is just silly.
The fact is that Detroit is a good but flawed team.
My big irritation is the "experts" calling this a upset. SF is also a good team, and I thought they were pretty evenly matched. I think the Tigers were favored because people assumed that sweeping the Yankees (even though they are not the Yankees people think they are) meant something more than it did. I thought it was pretty insulting to SF.
Sweeps since the playoffs expanded in 1969: 2012, 2007, 2005,2004, 1999,1998, 1990,1989, 1976. Pre-1989 it was rare
The player's union would never allow it, and if they did, somebody would get hurt, and that would be the end of that.
I actually prefer sweeps where the losing team is throughly demolished, like the '07 Rockies,
Back-to-back shutouts, for the first time since 1966. Utterly inept hitting. A pervasive sense of gloom. Need more?
Cabrera's effort, while extremely impressive, did not captivate me whatsoever. He's not a compelling personality or player
And it would still be ill-informed.
So who won the WS MVP?
Did he do anything outside of the first game?
I haven't seen any mention of it, but 2012 put Miguel Cabrera into the Hall of Fame, right? He's got ten seasons under his belt now, and I think he passes the bus test. This year will mark the sixth time in ten years that he's in the Top Five for the MVP vote. He's not exactly a poor man's Albert Pujols - maybe a mortal Albert Pujols is the best way to look at it.
Player Rfield PA OPS+ 3B SB PosElmer Flick 30 6414 149 164 330 *98/47Hank Greenberg 17 6097 158 71 58 *37Darryl Strawberry -8 6326 138 38 221 *9D/78Babe Herman -31 6228 141 110 94 *937Jack Fournier -31 6033 142 113 146 *3/7981Ralph Kiner -40 6256 149 39 22 *7/83Miguel Cabrera -59 6474 151 13 33 3579/DAlbert Belle -63 6676 144 21 88 *79D
As to the Triple Crown being captivating, I'd never considered it - since I, too, had never seen one - but, of course, it isn't captivating. You can't really know until the last week or two if the guy will even be in those three races and, by then, you have the larger, and much more important, narrative of the pennant races. It's really cool and I'm glad he did it. But I can't see a way that becomes something upon which to hang a season.
The cases of Strawberry and Belle would seem to indicate that it's not a guarantee that a player that good would waltz into the HOF if hit by the bus.
Belle is a better comp, but then again, Cabrera is not the Most Hated Man in Baseball.
Sorry, but this is just uniformed
Cabrera is a player who does everything, hitting wise, to an outstanding level but is not otherworldly/notable at any one particular facet. He wasn't a monster home run hitter who lucked into a high average, or a high average medium power guy who uncharacteristically hit a lot of home runs. He did what he always does and kind of just got their by default because no one was better at any of the individual facets to beat him.
the A's running down the Rangers was HUGELY exciting and mainly because of the play-in game.
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