Well, another year has passed and I am again watching the playoffs purely to see who wins and not to be devoted to any participant. With that being said, here are my opinions on the various participants in this years playoffs, beginning with the AL.
This is by far my least favorite team in the majors. There are a lot of people that say that they identified with the Red Sox up until last year because they had not won the World Series in such a long time. If that is the case, why not identify with the White Sox. Me, I’ve always hated the Red Sox for as long as I can remember. I’m not sure if it’s the team so much as it is the annoying Bostonian fans that watch them. They are so cocky and yet their team has a history of doing nothing up until last year. I am hoping and praying that they are swept in the first round by the White Sox. Nothing would give me more satisfaction than that.
I know what you’re all thinking about this team. I have to say, though, that I do not subscribe to that same hate process. Since moving to North Carolina from Chicago, I’ve developed an incredible pride for ALL things Chicago, including the White Sox. That doesn’t mean that I am a White Sox fan, but my hatred for them has significantly subsided. I now find myself cheering for them in this opening series with the hated Red Sox. I think they have an exciting team. I enjoy watch guys like Scott Podsednick steal bases and make big plays. It takes me back to the way baseball was when I was a kid. I understand that they are a power team as well, but that speed factored in with the hometown pride makes me cheer for the White Sox in the opening Series.
Series Pick – Red Sox in 4
Of all the teams in the playoffs this year, this is the one I identify with the most. The main reason for that is due to the amount of time I used them in a league for a game called Out of the Park Baseball. If you’ve never checked into it, it’s very much worth a look. Here is the website where you can view screenshots and price information. Because I used the Angels so many years, I am familiar with a lot of their players. I enjoy watching Vlad hit everything in site, despite pitch location. His charred batting helmet is also a joy each time I see it. I would like to see the Angels do well this year in the playoffs and I think they are quiet enough to this point that they could make a big impact in this opening series. They have had the opportunity to set their playoff rotation and should be ready to compete with the Yankees. If their starting pitching holds up, the Angels should do fine against a Yankees team that is also weak in the area of SP.
Ah, the evil empire. This year they look weak and beatable to me, along with every other team in the AL. Their starting pitching is thin and in my opinion does not have enough to get it done this year. After Randy Johnson and Mike Mussina, the Yanks are working on spare parts like Aaron Small and Shawn Chacon as a result of injuries to the other 3 guys they penciled in at the beginning of the season. Both have been very good to this point, but what will happen on the big stage? Mussina and Randy Johnson have got to be lights out for the Yankees to be successful in 2005. Anything less than a World Series appearance and Joe Torre could be on his way out at seasons end.
Series Pick – Angels in 5
Tomorrow I’ll break down the NL matchups. Until then, show us your opinions in the comment section as well as vote in the Kerry Wood poll for 2006.