Went to my first ever playoff baseball game last Wednesday, and boy was it a great time. I got my rally towel (which I waved til my arms hurt) and enjoyed my view from the left field upper-deck near the fair pole:
The crowd's energy and noise and the overall atmosphere was incredible, exactly what I was hoping for based on games I'd seen on TV.
FIRE LEYL--oh, cool, he stepped down:
I'm not particularly sad to see Jim Leyland no longer managing the Tigers. Too often I took issue with his strategies (or lack thereof) and refusal to see when changes needed to be made (i.e. moving Prince Fielder's fat ass down in the order). I do give him credit for a great record, multiple playoff appearances and two Pennants over his eight seasons in Motown, and he comes off as a good guy who was obviously proud to be part of the Detroit tradition. He just always struck me as a guy whose teams just couldn't get over the hump and often disappointed, falling below expectations at times. With a team this talented I just can't believe he couldn't win a ring with the Tigers.
|The story of Detroit's season in one animated GIF|
BEAT THE BEARDS!:
When Detroit threatened to bow out of the playoffs (and then did that), leaving Boston as the AL's representative, I pinned my remaining hopes on St. Louis defeating LA because I couldn't stand the idea of a completely unwatchable World Series featuring two villains. I mean Boston has pretty much become the Yankees' barely-less annoying younger brother since winning titles in '04 and '07. Plus they've got those stupid beards and look like idiots. For me they have no redeeming qualities and I will happily root against them, not out of a sense of revenge for beating the Tigers (hell, I could have pulled for Tampa or Oakland in the Series) but because I just can't stand them and what they've become since finally winning in 2004.
|This right here? This looks stupid. You look stupid doing this.|
|This look familiar, Dodgers fans?|