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OK, History Doesn’t Repeat

The good news–we won’t have to stay up late this weekend watching any more baseball games. Also, Patricia, being from St. Joseph originally, and still having a lot of family in eastern Missouri, including St. Louis suburbs, is happy.

And there’s not really that much bad news. No one at the beginning of the season expected the Tigers to even necessarily break .500, let alone get into the playoffs, and if you’d told anyone that they’d be in the series, they’d have thought you were nuts. But you don’t win a world series with eight errors, particularly when many of them come from the pitching staff. But, all things considered, there’s always next year for Motown…

OK, History Doesn’t Repeat

The good news–we won’t have to stay up late this weekend watching any more baseball games. Also, Patricia, being from St. Joseph originally, and still having a lot of family in eastern Missouri, including St. Louis suburbs, is happy.

And there’s not really that much bad news. No one at the beginning of the season expected the Tigers to even necessarily break .500, let alone get into the playoffs, and if you’d told anyone that they’d be in the series, they’d have thought you were nuts. But you don’t win a world series with eight errors, particularly when many of them come from the pitching staff. But, all things considered, there’s always next year for Motown…

History Repeats?

OK, so due to some sloppy defense, the Tigers are looking down the barrel of an imminent loss of baseball’s championship series. They can’t lose any more games, either tonight in St. Louis, or this weekend back in Detroit, if they want to win their first series in twenty two years.

But this isn’t the first time they’ve been in this position. Thirty eight years ago, they were down three and one to the same team (well, at least a team with the same name, in the same town–at least two generations of ballplayers have come and gone since then). They came back and won it all. Here’s hoping they can do it again.

0 For A Bunch

The wisdom of sports prognosticators. Note that not a single one predicted a series win by either of the two teams playing tonight.

I guess it’s the old saying about the race to the swiftest, and battle to the strongest, and the way to bet. Or maybe it’s just poor judges of who is swift and strong.

And now, of course, the conventional wisdom is a Tiger sweep, which makes me a little nervous. I suspect that the Cards will put up a good fight. But still, what a difference a few weeks makes. And I got my wish for a rematch from 1968 (not to mention 1934, which also went seven games).

So Much For Sports “Experts”

I’m back in Florida from Kona, and beat, after several airplane flights, some in miserable seating, since we went standby to get earlier flights. More tomorrow.

Meanwhile, marvel at the precognition of the ESPN prognosticators last week, all of whom picked New York over Detroit. Many of them did predict that New York wouldn’t make it to the Series, but none of them imagined that it would be the Tigers who would knock them out.

[Update a few minutes later]

I should add that there was something poignant and weird about standing in a Honolulu airport last night watching (but not able to listen to) CNN announcing a possible nuclear weapon test by North Korea. Almost a Pearl Harborish feeling to it. Brought on partly by the fact that I’d visited the Arizona Memorial last week while talking to government folks there.

So Much For Sports “Experts”

I’m back in Florida from Kona, and beat, after several airplane flights, some in miserable seating, since we went standby to get earlier flights. More tomorrow.

Meanwhile, marvel at the precognition of the ESPN prognosticators last week, all of whom picked New York over Detroit. Many of them did predict that New York wouldn’t make it to the Series, but none of them imagined that it would be the Tigers who would knock them out.

[Update a few minutes later]

I should add that there was something poignant and weird about standing in a Honolulu airport last night watching (but not able to listen to) CNN announcing a possible nuclear weapon test by North Korea. Almost a Pearl Harborish feeling to it. Brought on partly by the fact that I’d visited the Arizona Memorial last week while talking to government folks there.

So Much For Sports “Experts”

I’m back in Florida from Kona, and beat, after several airplane flights, some in miserable seating, since we went standby to get earlier flights. More tomorrow.

Meanwhile, marvel at the precognition of the ESPN prognosticators last week, all of whom picked New York over Detroit. Many of them did predict that New York wouldn’t make it to the Series, but none of them imagined that it would be the Tigers who would knock them out.

[Update a few minutes later]

I should add that there was something poignant and weird about standing in a Honolulu airport last night watching (but not able to listen to) CNN announcing a possible nuclear weapon test by North Korea. Almost a Pearl Harborish feeling to it. Brought on partly by the fact that I’d visited the Arizona Memorial last week while talking to government folks there.

The Best Team Money Can Buy

And they get blown off in three straight in the playoffs by a team that lost 119 games three years ago. The Bronx Bombers got bombed.

So much for Jane Bernstein’s subway series prediction.

And I suspect that, given the rampant Yankee hatred in most places outside Gotham, there was great rejoicing throughout the land last night.

[Update about 9 AM Hawaii time]

I’ll be pulling for the Cards now, in addition to the Tigers. I think that it would be really cool if we could have a repeat of the 1968 series.

Clinched

The Tigers are in the playoffs with today’s win against Kansas City–they’re guaranteed to at least get in as the AL wild card. But it could be a neck and neck race with the Twins down to the last game for the division title. Detroit is playing the Rangers, and then gets to beat up on the Royals again, but Minnesota gets to play the Royals for a while, then finish up with the White Sox. Detroit has an arguably easier final schedule, and they’ve finally started hitting again, so they’ve still got a good shot at the title. The good news, though, is that if they can keep hitting the way they have been (and hopefully it’s not all lousy Royals pitching) they might actually be able to acquit themselves well post season.

This is a big morale boost for the Motor City, which badly needs one.