The Phillies are headed to the World Series for the second straight year (yay!), and now await the conclusion of the ALCS to see who their opponent will be. The Angels rallied to beat the Yankees last night, forcing the series back to New York for at least Game 6. Personally, I am rooting for the Yankees.
Yes, it pains me to say this, as I’ve always professed to be a Yankee-hater. But I’ve come to realize that it wasn’t so much the individual Yankees I disliked (except maybe A-Rod), but the whole concept of the Yankees. I mean, 26 (!) World Series championships? That’s almost one-fourth of all the championships ever. The Phillies, on the other hand, have exactly two. So I guess it’s more jealousy of all that success than hate – call me a Yankee-envier.
An all-East Coast WS would have the benefit of none of those late West Coast games. No worries about jet-lag affecting the Phillies players. Alas, no palm trees (because everything is better with palm trees), but I can overlook that.
In the meantime, since the World Series doesn’t start until next Wednesday, I can b*tch and moan about one of my major peeves with postseason baseball – the starting times of the games and the length of the games.
Is there any reason that we have to wait until 8:07 to begin a night game? 7:05 is good enough the rest of the season. If MLB wants to attract and retain a new generation of fans, having games start that late and not end until almost midnight is not the way to do it.
Of the nine postseason games the Phillies have played so far, only three of them have finished in about 3 hours. Two of those were started by Cliff Lee (thank you, Cliff, for being so efficient). The other one was Game 2 of the NLCS, when Pedro Martinez and Vicente Padilla were both dazzling.
The other six games averaged 3 hours and 49 minutes in length, with two games going beyond 4 hours. This is well beyond the attention span of many young fans, and even a lot of adult ones. Maybe Lee could give the other starters some lessons on mound efficiency.
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Maybe ZZ Top could pull off some of the looks sported by TBS reporter Craig Sager during the NLCS, but I sure can’t say I was crazy about them. See for yourself:
Game 1: OK, this one’s not too bad, it’s kinda reminiscent of one of HK’s favorites, which hangs in the dugout during each game.
Game 2: Yikes! How did Ethier manage to keep a straight face while being interviewed? My 8-year-old daughter might think this is a good look – she thinks everything looks better if it’s pink.
Game 3: Though it doesn’t really show in this photo, on TV the jacket appeared to be velour or some similar material, and is a very dark purplish/eggplant color. Has Craig been raiding Liberace’s closet?
Game 4: This one makes me think of a pumpkin. I guess he wanted to get in the holiday spirit, since the World Series will only be at Game 3 (!) on Halloween.
Game 5: Slightly less garish, but still on the loud side. And c’mon, Jayson, smile – you just clinched the NLCS!
Since I don’t normally watch much sports on TBS, I don’t know if this is the way he always dresses. I can only hope he’s doing this on purpose, and doesn’t actually think this is a good look. And what must his closet look like? Seeing all those jackets hanging side by side would be enough to make my eyeballs pop (or at least scorch my retinas).
Thank goodness the WS is not on TBS; I don’t know if I can handle any more of these visual assaults!