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My Approach to the Rest of the Postseason

Not a hard decision for the rest of the 2013 postseason

Still seems extremely quiet in Redsland these days. Not sure if it’s because we’re all still numb from the postseason exit or not. Makes sense if it is, I suppose. Could be that we’re all waiting to see who the next manager will be. That makes sense, too.

The other day I posted this on Facebook prior to Game 5 of the NLDS between the Pirates and Cardinals.

“Pirates or Cardinals? Why are some decisions so painful!”

Punctuation mistake aside, I was in a real quandary. I did enjoy the Cards beating the Buccos in Game 1. A couple of hours after, I felt kind of dirty. Lye soap wouldn’t have taken away that feeling.

It was the first comment, from a family member, that grabbed my eye.

“Not for me. Haven’t watched this series at all. Proud of that.”

Why didn’t I think of that?!?! Couldn’t stay away from watching and Game 4 was a good game to watch. Same family member after I commented about Game 4.

“I’ll wait till for the NLCS. GO DODGERS!! Can’t remember ever saying that.”

The only time I remember rooting for the Dodgers in the postseason was when they clashed with the New York Yankees (I despised them more) and when they faced Tony LaRussa and the Oakland A’s in the 1988 World Series. I grew up in the days of the old NL West when the Reds and Dodgers battled for the division title on a yearly basis. Those were the days of the 70’s, the time I grew up watching baseball. The Dodgers were, and still to great extent, are a despised organization in my mind.

Sure, I’ll watch the NLCS because I know there will be great pitching from the likes of Clayton Kershaw and Adam Wainwright. I know Carlos Beltran usually rises to the occasion of postseason play (lifetime triple slash of .345/.453/.761 with 16 HR and 31 RBI). I know the Dodgers have the sparks from Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig. It should be a great series and you can read a preview here from Barrys Ticket Service.

In the ALCS, it’s Boston and Detroit. Spending the first handful of years of my life about an hour from Detroit, it’s hard for me not to pull for the Tigers. Attended my first baseball game at Tiger Stadium. Al Kaline, Norm Cash, Bill Freehan, Mickey Lolich, Denny McLain.

I love watching Dustin Pedroia play. I love that Jonny Gomes is playing in the postseason. I love the beards.

So, for me, and my response to the “GO DODGERS” comment…

“And I never will. GO AL!!!”

Red Sox or Tigers, I’m on your bandwagon for the rest of the postseason. May one of you come home with the goods.

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