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Puffing in the 2011 Playoffs—Where to Smoke A Cigar in Baseball’s Postseason
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Posted: September 29, 2011
How does the saying go? “It doesn’t matter how you start, it’s how you finish.” Well, that’s true, but the other thing is that “every game counts,” even the ones in April. The Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox each started out 0-6. If Boston had won only one of those... Same goes for the Atlanta Braves who clearly wish all-star catcher Brian McCann had not been injured those couple of weeks. Whatever. The regular season is 162 games. Every team has significant injuries. Win as many as you can, whenever you can.
The Braves were ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Wild Card race by eight-and-a-half games at the beginning of September. On the last day of the regular season, the Braves lose a heartbreaker to baseball’s best Philadelphia Phillies. St. Louis thumps the league’s worst team, the Houston Astros, and are in the playoffs. The Red Sox were up nine over the Rays for the AL Wild Card spot.
On the last night of the regular season, the tables finished turning. Call them collapses if you like. Everything changed.
The very bad Baltimore Orioles beat the Sox, scoring two in the bottom of the ninth with two out. Tampa Bay went down 7-0 to the Yankees and then scored six in the eighth and pinch-hitter Dan Johnson hit the tying homer in the ninth with two outs and two strikes. Evan Longoria of the Rays then hit a walk-off homer in the 12th. The day before, Tampa had turned a triple play to stay in the game and eventually win.
That’s baseball. Ya gotta play ‘em all.
THE THEME OF MLB 2011
My cousin asked me the other day, before the last day of the season, “What could be done to make baseball games more exciting?” I told him that I don’t think the game needs to go extreme. I do think that, in addition to the Baltimore Orioles returning permanently to the “Happy Bird” logo, a few adjustments are needed. Use the 40-man roster, but make only 25 players eligible at any given game. Too many pitching changes slow things down tremendously.
Just to pick up where I left you at the end of last season, baseball still needs instant replay in a big way. I still believe that would not only improve the accuracy of the calls, but ultimately speed up the game. Will that make baseball more exciting to the casual fan? Maybe not. I don’t really care. I think baseball appeals to more types of people than does, say, football. I love—love!—baseball. I would happily watch every game of the year in the MLB Fan Cave. My favorite sport to watch, however, is hockey.
That’s another one that seems a little too complex or inaccessible for many, even though it’s about as fast a sport as you’ll find. Having played both—and basically sucked at both—gives me insights to how difficult playing these sports really can be. And I know that in baseball, there’s always something happening every pitch even if the casual fan can’t see it.
This year, what seemed to be happening on every baseball sports show was a discussion of how to measure player performance. The latest, greatest statistic that baseball’s world of metrics has popularized is “WAR.” The acronym stands for “wins above replacement.”
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David Savona — September 29, 2011 4:53pm ET
Arthur Pappas — MA, — September 29, 2011 5:03pm ET
Chris Homan — Coldwater, OH, USA, — September 30, 2011 7:49am ET
David Savona — September 30, 2011 9:43am ET
Alex Benes — Newbury Park, CA, USA, — September 30, 2011 2:21pm ET
Chris Homan — Coldwater, OH, USA, — September 30, 2011 5:58pm ET
David Wisniewski — Pennsauken, NJ, USA, — October 1, 2011 8:19pm ET
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