Thursday, October 27, 2005

No mas beisbol

Congrats to the Chicago White Sox. So the Red Sox are no longer World Champions. But they still can lay claim to the Greatest Comeback in Sports History. And when they were eliminated in the playoffs this year, it was to the eventual champions, who really proved themselves to the Best Team in baseball. Hell, we put up a bigger fight than the National League Champions.

...and yet again the AL shows itself to be the stronger league. This is not the first time one league has swept the other for two consecutive World Series-es. It's actually the fourth time. But the other three times the team doing the sweeping was the New York Yankees. They swept in 1998-1999 (vs. Atlanta and San Diego), 1938-1939 (vs. Chicago and Cincinnatti) and 1927-1928 (vs. Pitsburgh and St. Louis).

Pitchers and catchers report in 4 1/2 months. [Edit: make that 3 1/2 months. Whew!]


  1. Yes congrats to the Pale Hose. and yes there is some good feeling about having lost to the eventual champs.

    Looking back, they were probably the most dominant post season team in the last eleven years (since going to three rounds).

    Since the Sox put that 13-1 pounding on the Yanks in 99 LCS, that probably stops the Yanks from statistically being the most dominant.

    My project for this weekend is a series of games between the 2004 Red Sox and the 2005 White Sox on whatif sports.

  2. You had me a bit paniced with the line - Pitchers and catchers report in 4 1/2 months. I was thinking god four months - last year with the Sox it felt like the offseason was 4-1/2 days.

    But I think it is closer to 3-1/2 months. Don't p&c report around mid February?

  3. So what doe Brad Lidge's future hold?

    This was a tough post season and history is not kind to closers that have such multiple failures.

  4. Yeah, just amazing. The anti-Foulke. Pujols will be Pujols (man, if I had a dollar for everytime I said that!), but you have to wonder if the ChiSox scouts figured out something about him. (As GR pointed out, they definitely out-scouted the other teams this postseason.)