Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Not in a Million Years...

...would I have predicted a Philadelphia Phillies/Tampa Bay Rays World Series.

Neither team has officially won their respective pennants yet, but both teams hold a commanding lead in their LCS. The Phillies lead the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-1, in the NLCS. The Rays lead the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox, 3-1.

With a win tonight at Dodger Stadium, the Phillies can wrap up the National League title and advance to their first World Series since 1993. The last time we found the Phillies in the Fall Classic, Mitch "Wild Thing" Williams served up a series-winning home run to Toronto Bluejays outfielder Joe Carter. Yes, both men were ex-Cubs.

Last night, the Rays pounded the Red Sox at Fenway Park to move one win away from appearing in their first World Series in franchise history. When the Rays completed a 3-game sweep of the Cubs around the All-Star break, I knew they were good. Late October good? I guess so.

Just drives home one of baseball's more interesting elements -- any team can win a game against any other team. It happens all the time. Doesn't matter who is favored. A team with an overwhelming number of wins in a season still has to show up and outscore the other team.

In a way, it seems like the act of making it to the postseason is a sign of talent, while advancing through the playoffs is kind of a roll of the dice. Fair or not, it makes for interesting Octobers.
Dave Heinzel   Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Can't argue with that. Still a drag that the Cubs are golfing right now.
Bill Pearch   Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I am just in awe that Tampa Bay has beat Boston by so much, these last two games. Do you think after such an embarrassment that Boston could possibly come back?
K8Day   Wednesday, October 15, 2008
GO PHILLIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!   Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I don't think Boston's coming back. Tampa has shown they can beat Beckett and Lester, so unless Matsuzaka can pitch games 5,6 and 7, I think Tampa finishes them off in game 5. What I love about Tampa is that they show no fear. They just go out and pound the ball all over the yard. They are fun to watch. A Phillies/Rays World Series would be fun!
ozthegreat   Wednesday, October 15, 2008
The Phillies lead 5-1. The game is going into the bottom of the seventh.
Bill Pearch   Wednesday, October 15, 2008
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