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Puffing in the 2011 Playoffs—Where to Smoke A Cigar in Baseball’s Postseason
Cigar Aficionado's guide to where you can smoke in MLB’s playoff cities.
Posted: September 29, 2011
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A notable accomplishment was Mariano Rivera breaking Trevor Hoffman’s save record. And congratulations to Derek Jeter for becoming the first Yankees player to get 3,000 hits, and to Jim Thome for passing the 600 home run mark.
And finally, can we say goodbye forever to Manny Ramirez? And maybe Carlos Zambrano? A question all to itself: What is up with Nyjer Morgan?
The year ends with big question marks about two certified superstars and where they will end up next season. Albert Pujols, who, despite injuries early in the year, still hit .300 with 37 dingers, was in the last year of his contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. Prince Fielder, the Brewers first baseman, is a little younger and has a slightly lower average than Pujols, and has already said this is likely his last year in Milwaukee. The interesting stat to look for in both cases is the dollars each will get as a free agent.
For me, 2011 was a season mostly focused on baseball’s sometimes amusing ownership issues. Of course, the stadium closest to me is in Chavez Ravine. In addition to the Dodgers, the Mets are in the most dire financial straits. There are too many teams and not enough major-league talent. That, I think, was made clearest in Houston as Drayton McLane tries to sell the Astros to controversial businessman Jim Crane for $680 million, the second-highest price for a major league team. Whether MLB will approve the sale remains a question. The biggest concern, reportedly that $300 million of the deal would be debt-financed, is that Crane would become another Frank McCourt. Anyone got Mark Cuban’s phone number?
The last week of the regular season might indeed prove more exciting than any playoffs. The wild finishes in the Wild Card races make the match-ups in the postseason a lot more interesting than they appeared to be a month earlier.
Here’s who’s going to play who in the first round of the playoffs and who’s going to win each round. A lot of my picks are based largely on how teams are playing now, not their head-to-head records.
AMERICAN LEAGUE PREDICTIONS
Oy. The Yankees. Again? The Bombers, with the league’s best record, will play the Detroit Tigers, a team that hits the ball well and pitches better. This one begins in the Bronx and I figure about three rain delays in the series. That benefits the Yankees because they could then pitch C.C. Sabathia and Iván Nova in all four games needed to win.
The Tigers boast Justin Verlander, a lock on this year’s Cy Young in the AL and late-season acquisition Doug Fister, an impressive number two starter. The Tigers also have baseball’s best closer, Jose Valverde, who notched 49 saves without blowing one this year. I pick the Tigers in five.
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David Savona — September 29, 2011 4:53pm ET
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