Saturday, October 11, 2008

Clutch

4.1 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 3 HR

2 comments:

D.Cous. said...

So now the question is: how does MLB get people to watch a Rays-Phillies WS?

I realize that neither market is that small, but I would think that this is about the worst case scenario for MLB, with no Cubs or BoSox, or even Dodgers or ChiSox in the fall classic.

Am I wrong? I know people were excited this spring by a Boston-LA NBA final, having suffered through previous years of the likes of Detroit and San Antonio.

John Lynch said...

Yes, this is the almost worst case scenario for MLB. The only worse case, given the eight participants in this years postseason, would have been Tampa Bay versus Milwaukee.* At least Philly is a north-east coast city and a fairly large market, if one without large national appeal. Milwaukee is none of those things (and the same goes for Tampa Bay).

In any case, I think that it's a great series. Both teams have some very exciting players (Hamels, Lidge, Howard, Utley, and Rollins for Philly; Upton, Longoria, Crawford, Pena, and Price for TB). I think it should prove to be fairly entertaining. I'll pick the Rays in five or six (leaning toward six) on the basis that they won 97 games in the toughest division and the toughest league in baseball.

* Interestingly, "Milwaukee" is an Indian name. In fact, it was originally an Algonquin term meaning "the good land." I think one of the most interesting things about Milwaukee is that it's the only American city to elect three Socialist mayors.**

** My source on this subject may be suspect.