October 13, 2006


Where's the drama?: Tigers most responsible for uninspiring postseason (Tom Verducci, 10/13/06, Sports Illustrated)

Can this postseason be saved? Thanks mostly to the juggernaut known as the Detroit Tigers, who are so hot they can bat Neifi Perez second and watch Kenny Rogers become John Wayne, baseball is giving us an October with almost no drama, no moments for posterity and no storyline for the FOX people to hook the viewer who needs a reason to come to the tube.

Welcome to a non-competitive October, which is the last thing we've come to expect from baseball. If the 2006 baseball playoffs were a sitcom or talk show --- hate to break it to you, folks, but we're sitting through the Arsenio Hall of postseasons -- it would have been cancelled long ago.

Why would you pay any attention to baseball anyway if you can't appreciate this Tiger team?

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 13, 2006 11:39 PM

Shorter Tom Verducci:

"The Yankees aren't in it, so I am bored."

He cannot, of course, come out and explicitly say that.

Posted by: Bruce Cleaver at October 14, 2006 6:47 AM

Bruce, you've hit the nail on the head. Listened to Mike and Mike go on and on about the Yankees yesterday. Nary a word about the surviving playoff teams. If sports scribes like Verducci can't appreciate Rogers' two performances without making snide comments, they should quit the sports scene and switch to politics. Allah willing, the Tigers will knock off both New Yawk teams. Waiting for Jim in Chicago's gratuitous "atrocious Polanco" comment.

Posted by: JimBobElrod at October 14, 2006 8:42 AM

Imagine how "uninspiring" it will be for these guys if we have a Detroit/St. Louis flyover country series!

What will the coastals DO?

Posted by: kevin whited at October 14, 2006 9:41 AM

Verducci's angst could also come from anger about Rogers' stint with the Mets, and specifically his bases-loaded walk that gave the Braves the 1999 NLCS, or his attack on the cameraman in Arlington before the All-Star game last year. He does forget the worst WS ratings came from Yankees-Mets in 2000.

As far as the games themselves, based on the White Sox' results last year and the Tigers' efforts this year, the best path to the World Series appraently is to go into free-fall in the final two weeks of he regular season (and if the Cards beat the Mets, it even validates the strategy for the National League).

Posted by: John at October 14, 2006 9:43 AM

You're right on this one, oj.

In the '80s, the Yankees won a couple World Series. Apart from some moments by Reggie Jackson, there was little drama. Instead fans got to watch basic baseball played beautifully.

What does Verducci want, the baseball equivalent of a plane crashing into a building or something? Geez.

Posted by: Ed Bush at October 14, 2006 10:03 AM

Polanco's attrocious. There, I said it. And I don't think it was gratuitous at all.

Ed: 70s. Alas we won no world series in the 80s, tho I was at the Stadium for game 2 of the 81 Series, when Tommmy John, the CMWang of his day, pitched a gem, shutting out the hated Dodgers to send the Yanks off to LA with a 2-0 lead. From there we lost 3 games by 1 run, and were blown out in the 4th.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at October 14, 2006 11:40 AM

Jim hasn't even sent the photo for losing his Manny bet. You know Yankee fans--ever bitter.

Posted by: oj at October 14, 2006 11:47 AM

The photo'll be on its way before the weekend is over. It'll be a special treat for Lou Gotts.

Did you get the hat yet?

I'm rooting for a rematch of the '68 Series. Mostly I want to see Pujols make that jerk Rogers weep on the mound with a Reggie-esque performance.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at October 14, 2006 11:50 AM

No hat, no photo.

Posted by: oj at October 14, 2006 12:04 PM

Hmm. Sent the hat Tues afternoon.I think they said 5 days, so I guess that means Monday.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at October 14, 2006 12:20 PM

Verducci is an idiot. Those Oakland-Tigers games have been good and that Cards-Mets game last night was darn exciting.

Posted by: pchuck at October 14, 2006 3:43 PM


You're right. For some reason I recalled walking up rather than down to City Hall for their ticker tape parades. Still, change the decade and I think the rest of the post is valid. But then I've never been a true sports fan.

Posted by: Ed Bush at October 14, 2006 4:11 PM

The Gambler has two, count them two, great pitching performances in the clutch! That is two more than his entire career. Seems like The Tigers are the third "team of destiny" in a row.

Posted by: Bob at October 14, 2006 5:21 PM