• Now That The Tigers Have Won The Pennant…

    Posted by on October 14th, 2006 · Comments (5)

    …Yankees fans should root for them to win the World Series.

    Since 2001, leading into this post-season, every team that went on to win the World Series was the team that knocked the Yankees out of the post-season – except for the 2005 Angels.

    Think about it.

    2001 – Arizona beats the Yankees – they win the ring.
    2002 – Angels beat New York in the ALDS – they win the ring.
    2003 – Florida beats the Yankees – they win the ring.
    2004 – You know, the whole Boston thing.
    2005 – The Angels break the chain.
    2006 – The Tigers re-establish the link?

    While nothing makes up for the lack of a ring over the last 6 years, it would be nice to say: Since the last Yankees ring, five out of six times, the team that beat the Yankees ended up being the best team in baseball.

    So…Let’s go Tigers!

    Comments on Now That The Tigers Have Won The Pennant…

    1. #15
      October 15th, 2006 | 12:39 am

      Steve,
      I think this may bring up a good point about the playoffs in general. In most seasons, it’s a crap shoot in these short series. None of the teams that won of late are what I’d consider “great” team. Perhaps only “great” teams really have an edge in the post-season, the rest are all in a crap-shot for how the chips fall. The winners all have flaws, but got hot at the right time, and rolled over other good, but flawed teams. In the Yankees case, the flaw over the past several has largely been a paucity of quality starters. Overall, the Yankees hitting, fielding, and baserunning are good enough. The thing that keeps them from dominating is the starters. That’s where the focus needs to be. Don’t mess around with A-Rod, Matsui, Giambi, etc…, or with. experiments like Damon moving to first base. Get the starting rotation fixed and add in a little bullpen help; sign Sheff for 3 more to let him share 1B duties or let him go; upgrade Fasano; gracefully exit Bernie & mix in a good utility player in his roster spot… and probably stop right there. With the right starters… we have enought to move from good to great, sharply reducing the chances of running into a hot team that runs the table.

    2. MJ
      October 15th, 2006 | 2:34 am

      Signing Sheffield for 3 more years? What sort of insanity is that? To even keep him for one more season at $13M seens outrageous since he’s no longer the RF. The Yanks need to fix their rotation, on that much we agree. But why keep Sheffield and see how much he can butcher the first base position?

    3. #15
      October 15th, 2006 | 9:23 am

      MJ,
      Sheff’s still got the most feared righthanded bat on the ball club (sorry A-Rod), and he’s probably in the top 10% in the league (better than enyone on Boston, and on par with a Tejada). His RH bat is one of the things that gives the Yankees an edge in the hitting department over all the other teams. As to his first base play, my read is that it will be adequate; not great, but good enough. His throwing will be much better than Giambi’s, but his footwok and glove will need to improve. I’d say he makes more sense than Damon at first. If your not going to sign him for three, let him go, hope he moves to the NL (unlikely), and avoid the whinning. I think he can still help us win.

    4. October 15th, 2006 | 11:36 am

      Steve, I’m sure I’ve told you this before, but my dad always says to root for the team that beats the Yankees to win it all, so that we know the Yankees were beaten by the best.

      I like that philosophy. It was tough for me in the ALCS because I always love the A’s, but since the A’s rolled over and died I didn’t have to worry about it too much!

      So now it’s Tigers all the way. I’m not sure there’s that much shame for the Yanks in being beaten by a team that has already rattled off 7 straight postseason wins.

    5. #15
      October 15th, 2006 | 3:00 pm

      My bad earlier (jet lag induced, no doubt) forgot about Manny in Boston. Other than that, everything I said was brilliant.

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