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The Boston Red Sox finished off the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night by a score of 5-2 and thus sending them to the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Out of the 10 teams that made it to the playoffs, the two that I least wanted to see will participate in this year’s Fall Classic. You could argue they were the best two teams in baseball this year, as they both tied for the best record at 97-65 and Boston gets home field advantage due to the All Star Game. Sure, if you’re a Cardinals fan or Red Sox fan, you’re excited to see this. Some MLB fans, however, such as this one, are sick of both teams.
This 109th World Series is going to feature two teams looking to become the first in the 21st century to win three World Series Championships. Seriously, whatever happened to parity? From 2001-2010, only one team won it all twice, that being the Red Sox in 2004 and 2007. Since then, however, it has all gone downhill. In the 2010s decade, a total of five teams have participated in the World Series.
This is getting NBA bad. Maybe even worse. Heck, since 2010, six teams have participated in the NBA Finals. In the last 10 seasons, dating back to 2004, only one NLCS (2007) did not feature the Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies or San Francisco Giants. Those three teams have been to the World Series eight times and won five times. Even in the NBA last season, though neither team made it, we got to see the Memphis Grizzlies and Indiana Pacers in the Conference Finals. Though neither team won, the Grizzlies were swept and the Pacers came one win shy of reaching the Finals.
It’s not too much better over in the American League. Since 2004, the Red Sox, Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers have been to the World Series seven times, winning twice. Six of those seven times those three teams faced the Giants or Cardinals in the World Series, with the lone exception being when Boston faced the Colorado Rockies in 2007.
A couple of years ago, I was against a salary cap. How times quickly change. MLB desperately needs one. The team with the 4th highest payroll, Boston, is facing the team with the 11th highest payroll, St. Louis.
Whether somebody loves Bud Selig or hates him, it would be next to impossible to deny his place in baseball history and the impact he has made on the game. He has taken the postseason and expanded it into eight teams and then later ten teams. He has added instant replay to the game, as well as drug testing and expansion into different markets. He created interleague play and then later made it a year round thing.
Yet, despite how innovative he has been, he has failed to implement a salary cap into the game.
It’s unthinkable for me to say this, as I could not have fathomed this before, but I am thinking about just not watching the Series altogether because neither team excites me. Normally after the final out of the World Series, I get sad, wishing the game I love so dearly would come back. Now this series can’t get over fast enough for my taste.
Part of me wishes Spring Training 2014 would get here already, but who is to say we won’t be dealing with the exact same song and dance next October, or the one after that?
The faster MLB gets a salary cap, then maybe we can start seeing fresh blood in the World Series again.
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Carlos Beltran, Michael Wacha and the St. Louis Cardinals are going to the World Series following a 9-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series Friday night. “I’m so happy right now,” said Carlos Beltran, who finished the night with a three-hit game and a highlight-reel diving catch in right-center field. “We
The entire baseball world has now witnessed the poise and performance of St. Louis Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha. In the 2013 post-season, the 22-year-old right-hander is 3-0 with an 0.43 ERA and was named the National League Championship Series Most Valuable Player.
The Texan’s meteoric rise to the majors, sticking for good after pitching just over one season in the minor leagues...
Cardinals rookie right-hander Michael Wacha put together arguably the greatest National League Championship Series ever by a rookie pitcher and he was named the NLCS Most Valuable Player Award winner after leading the Cards to the World Series with yet another sterling postseason performance in Friday night's 9-0 blanking of the Dodgers in Game 6.
Wacha held the Dodgers to two...
A starter who still seeks to find some way to contribute to the Cardinals’ postseason run rookie Shelby Miller captured the odd contradiction of his current role standing outside of the team’s dugout before Game 6 of the National League championship series.
“Hopefully” Miller said “they don’t have to use me.”
He got the wish he didn’t want.
The Cardinals completed...
Can you imagine Carlos Beltran playing for the New York Yankees? You might have to get used to it, because it sure sounds like a possibility. The New York Daily News’ Mark Feinsand reported this week that the Yankees could be looking to add an outfielder in the offseason and that Beltran might be one […]
It was an easy choice for St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Mathney as he announced that Adam Wainwright would start Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night.
The ace of the Cardinals staff has not pitched since Game 3 of the National League Championship. He is expected to be followed by Michael Wacha in Game 2.
Wainwright holds a 2-1 record a 1.57 ERA, 0.78 WHIP...
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While the St. Louis Cardinals were busy clinching the National League Pennant, a few Cards’ minor leaguers were busy in the Arizona Fall League. On Friday, the Salt River Rafters were at home facing the Peoria Javelinas. Stephen Piscotty got the start in right and was the clean-up hitter, while Jacob Wilson started at second and hit 8th. Sam Gaviglio made his...
As St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha threw seven shutout innings at the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday night, allowing just two hits and a walk, while striking out five, he not only helped eliminate the Dodgers, he put his name in the record books as well.
Among Wacha’s milestones, according to the Elias Sports Bureau:
The right-hander became the first rookie to record two...
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The St. Louis Cardinals didn't just beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS Friday night--they destroyed them!
The Cardinals bats beat up on Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw early with four runs in the third. They would get five more in the fifth (final score 9-0), but Kershaw was pulled after getting tagged with three hits and another run in the fifth.
After 170 baseball games and over 1500 innings the stage has been set for the 2013 World Series between the St.Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox. Both teams finished with an identical record and led their respective league in victories and last met in the World Series in 2004 with the Red Sox being victorious. The Red Sox swept the 2004 Classic led by David Ortiz and series...
Clayton Kershaw was long gone. Michael Wacha kept Dodgers hitters down, ignoring the surprisingly big lead and pitching as if the opposing ace was still dealing.
The rookie left no doubt in a 9-0 rout Friday night that put the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series for the second time in three years and kicked Los Angeles' high-dollar roster to the curb.
Check out this bizarre start to Game 6 of the NLCS as Scott Van Slyke and Joe Kelly have a standoff. This standoff was no joke to either Van Slyke or Kelly. Both guys stood their ground until the second leading up to the game. It wasn’t until the angry and annoyed Head Umpire, Greg [...]
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Conor Frederick (@ConorJF1016)
So, the Red Sox are in the World Series for the third time so far this century against the St. Louis Cardinals in a rematch of 2004. That went pretty well, didn't it? Right, the Sox won in 4 games. Now, I think the Detroit Tigers scared me more than either the Dodgers or the Cardinals...
Before getting to my awards picks, congratulations to our Red Sox fan readers on Boston winning the pennant! (All Squawker Lisa has to say about it is to ask me why I don't have a playoff beard.) And congratulations to Carlos Beltran, so underrated as a Met, finally getting to the World Series. But though I'm pulling for the Red Sox, I'd just as soon see someone else...