Once again, I have to go off-title here and talk baseball. This World Series deserved it. So a few thoughts from the Fall Classic before a couple random football notes.
- We can all make fun of FOX for various reasons – Buck and McCarver being the easiest and most logical – but the “Final Out” montage they do where they have a camera on basically every single player plus the manager and show their reactions to the final out as it’s happening is really cool.
- Not taking any credit away from St. Louis, but why is the team that lost its division by six games and finished with a record six games worse than its opponent at home for the final two games of the World Series? Mr. Selig, I think it’s time to re-visit the All-Star game rule again. No one cares about it so why should it have such a profound effect on your most important event? Embrace the apathy, Bud!
- Ironically enough, it was St. Louis’ chief rival who provided them with the very homefield on which they won those last two games. Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder hit a homerun off C.J. Wilson in the All-Star Game to lead the NL to “victory” (in quotes because if no one cares, is it really a victory?)
- Speaking of C.J. Wilson, has anyone ever seen a pending free agent pitch so terribly in the postseason. He pitched like he was allergic to money.
- Does anyone know what city David Freese is from? Good for the hometown kid, but he certainly got the “Jerome Bettis at SB XL in Detroit” treatment.
- Ron Washington is a class act. The interview right after you take your defeated team into the locker room could almost be classified as cruel and unusual punishment, and Washington did a great job of walking the line between being sad in defeat and giving credit to the victor.