It’s October and you know what that means? Yes, football… but also the MLB Post Season. I’ve been catching some ALDS games here and there. I kind of have no choice because the husband is a Yankees fan. And I, of course, am rooting with all my might for the Orioles… as much as it pains me.
I thought when we turned off the TV last night in the top of the ninth, the Orioles had that thing in the bag. I was sadly mistaken. And now, the hubs seems to think he can control the outcome of a game purely by whether or not he’s awake or asleep when the game ends. Awake = Yankees Loss. Asleep = Yankees Win. Let’s see how long this theory holds true.
But I think I’m putting my foam finger behind the Oakland A’s. What an exciting and inspirational road this rag-tag team of Red Sox cast-offs has had this season. On July 1st, the A’s where a distant 12 games behind the AL West leading Texas Rangers. On August 1st, they were just 4.5 games out – a mere half game behind the second place Angels.
On September 27th, with just six games left in the regular season, the A’s were four games behind Texas. They magically swept both the Seattle Mariners and the Rangers in the final three games of the season to win the AL West. Moneyball in action, folks!
This scrappy A’s team and scratched and clawed their way to wins… making incredible defensive plays and timely clutch hits. If you look at their offensive stats over the first four games of the Division Series, you would wonder how they’re even still in this thing. Whatever the A’s are doing, whether it’s a Jose Valverde voodoo doll or some sort of Hogwart’s-worthy anti-hit spell on Prince Fielder’s bat, it seems to be working.
I only wish MLB could arrange the schedule so an A’s game actually starts before I go to bed. From the recaps, it appears this is the series to watch! Good luck to the Billy Bean and the A’s… I’m pulling for you guys! We need some new blood in the World Series this year.