As some wise ass might say…“What does Glanville know about the playoffs, he played for the Cubs…twice.”
The more teams that make the playoffs, the less valuable the regular season (especially when home field in the World Series is decided by the All-Star Game). It just becomes position jockeying at the end. We could just decide to have four teams from each division make the playoffs with a bunch of one-game duels to the death, but by then, we shouldn’t even bother climbing the mountain. We can just settle it in spring training in a heated trailer at the base of the mountain and call it a year. After 162 games, teams have proven everything they need to prove to sit on top of that mountain and battle it out from there. This is not 16 games a season that are played once a week. This is a game coming at you every single day in every situation you can imagine. If you are good after 162 games, you are good. If you are not, you are not. No excuses. Teams that limp into the playoffs or use a helicopter to get up the mountain should get exposed by the end, not rewarded. Not every team deserves to stand at the peak of that mountain together, especially when it was a race and one team got to the top two weeks before the other.
Once a division is wrapped up and the wild-card teams are in, the last week becomes a ballroom dance of playoff teams, rearranging rotations for that one game. Sure, that might be better than playing out the string, but you had 162 games to avoid being the kitten that is playing with strings. Blame your team.
The Pirates had a great regular season, and it is good to see them finally have success. Good for the game. The Indians are headed to the postseason, but before anyone realizes what happened with those stories, someone will be home and that one game will have been a dream. It would have been nice to see what these teams could do in a series so we get to see more of what made them so energizing, so special (or lucky) in 2013.
A series is a story. One game is just one word. One word can be powerful, but much easier to be misconstrued, misunderstood and unclear. So let’s tell these teams stories using baseball language, not that of a firing squad. At least then, when the wild-card games are done, it is more believable that the team that won was just better. Not just the team that threw the lucky punch.
Posted: October 01, 2013 at 05:56 PM | 16 comment(s)
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