Pick A Team For The 2013 MLB Playoffs

Baseball, Columns, Sports, Trible To Your Bass — By on October 2, 2013 at 9:48 am

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With baseball, everything feels so long ago. As a kid, I listened on my clock radio to the playoff games — sometimes falling asleep before the seventh-inning stretch. The call of Sandy Alomar Jr.’s home run off Mariano Rivera still plays in an archive within my head.

As critical as I am of baseball, it’s hard to let go of the golden Octobers. Here, we see who the heroes are and where the goats truly stand. Ragged arms are flailing towards the finish line, and tired legs are stretching singles into doubles.

The days of old — which baseball will forever attempt to preserve — bring memories back to our minds each autumn. Whichever team takes the crown this year will deserve it the same as those who wore it before them and as much as others who failed down the stretch.

This season, it’s hard to pick one team the non-invested fan should support in the 2013 MLB playoffs. Of the nine remaining teams, each has something to like.

Boston’s club was expected to dwell in the cellar. Instead, the Sox pounded their way through the American League East. Mike Napoli’s power and Dustin Pedroia’s never-ending grittiness helped pave the path. It’s a nice story, but all in all it’s hard to root for the Sox (my Yankees allegiances aside). A town that’s enjoyed the Bruins, the Patriots and recent success on Yawkey Way allows for little empathy.

It’s easy to say the same about St. Louis, although the town’s success is only rooted in the Cardinals. Every summer, the Cards find a way to play better than expected. Somehow, some way, St. Louis is there in the end. The Cards will likely be there in the future as well, so waving their pennant makes little sense.

Detroit hasn’t triumphed in fall since 1984, but it certainly doesn’t feel that way. This is a team with all the makings of a champion. Two great pitchers and a few bona fide sluggers give the Tigers more than a puncher’s chance. But, where’s the fun in pulling for a team with such power?

Out west, the Dodgers pulled it together this season. Rookie sensation Yasiel Puig is exciting with a knack for the dramatic. Los Angeles paid out the wazzou for its club, and the Dodgers have reaped the benefits. Aside from those old tried-and-true Brooklyn fans who are still breathing, the Dodgers don’t seem all that heartwarming. Vin Scully calling a final out would stand alone in that category.

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    7 Comments

  • JT says:

    My Reds didn’t me dirty last night, so I’ll semi root for the Indians. My Reds just can’t get right in the playoffs smh.

  • For all the teams I hate in all the sports being a hateful fan … I actually like a lot of the teams remaining. I love McCutchen, so not upset if the Pirates win … but you’re right, Pittsburgh has had enough.

    I like the Reds, A’s and Indians and don’t mind the Tigers.

    All I know is the Braves can go screw, LA never needs to win anything because no one is actually from LA, enough with Boston already, ditto the Cardinals, and I do not care for Joe Maddon.

    Did I mention that the Braves can go screw?

  • There’s no shortage of intrigue in these playoffs, as Tribs summed up masterfully. I don’t anticipate a single sweep, because there is such an even sum across the board this year.

    Obviously, my horse in the rooting race is clear, but there’s a chance for a few prestige matchups (Boston/St. Louis, Boston/LA), there’s the underdogs made over chances (Oakland/Pittsburgh, Cleveland or Tampa/Pitt) and there’s the big market, big name blow outs (Boston/Atlanta, Boston/LA or Atlanta/Detroit).

    In the end, who knows how it works out, but like it says here, there should be some pure baseball moments made along the way in the game’s own unique styling.

  • DB says:

    Since my team (Royals) did not make it, I start cheering for World Series matchups. I wanted to see an all black manager World Series, but the two of three that had a chance have been eliminated. Now I am rooting for the World Series matchup that will result in the fewest viewers. Pittsburgh-Oakland, come on down!

    Don’t get me wrong. I like baseball. I just want to see how FOX/MLB will promote a World Series without a “public” team.

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