The worst team in the postseason, the St. Louis Cardinals, just ascended to the World Championship.
With the wimpiest win-loss record among the four contenders, Tony LaRussa’s underdogs came out on top.
I’ve been singing his praises for a long, long time. I like the way he approaches the game.
Still, did the Cards even deserve to make it to the postseason to begin with?
And is their victory at all meaningful?
When I grew up, two teams made it to the post-season, period: the National and American League champs. By definition, they had the best records in their ranks, and they deserved to be regarded with respect.
The only time there would be a playoff was when there was a tie for one of the pennants. Then, as I recall, a single game determined who the World Series representative was going to be.
Now, the Series isn’t a battle between titans, but an idiosyncratic meet between teams that might have hobbled across their respective finishing lines. Wild Card winners are just as likely to win it all, if not more likely, if you examine recent history, than proven runaway teams like 2006’s Mets, and to a lesser extent, Yankees.
You could probably pull teams out of a hat and come up with an equivalent outcome.
The Dodgers were swept by the Mets. Forgetting the fact they’re in different leagues, wouldn’t the Kansas City Royals have done better? They gave Detroit fits in the final games of the season.
Which raises another point: Could teams with the greatest end-of-season momentum provide a better spectacle for fans than those that cooled off months before, like the Mets?
You know the expression: “May the best team win. ”
When was the last time that happened in Major League Baseball?
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