After a crazy final week, the baseball rests for a day before beginning the playoff season. October is an amazing time the majors, when we shift from a conditioned, relaxed, marathon pace to a true sprint where every pitch matters. As the Yankees get ready to begin the sprint, I think some reflection is appropriate. And besides, no one wants to hear about the minor leagues right now.
The 2011 Yankees were easily the best team in the American League. A late-season meaningless losing streak notwithstanding, they are heading into the playoffs strong, confident, and mostly healthy. The rest of the guys here at TYA have every aspect of the Yankees and Tigers covered and compared coming for you in the next 48 hours, so I don’t feel the need to go into specifics.
What’s been on my mind lately is that despite all of this – that the Yankees are the best AL team, the 2nd best MLB team, and everything is going right for them at the moment – the Yankees are probably not going to win the World Series. They might have the best or second best chance at it compared with their opponents, but in all likelihood we will walk away disappointed a month from now (or sooner).
I watch commentators and Red Sox fans, the day after a terrible defeat, question whether their manager or general manager or both should be fired, or even if their team philosophy as a whole should be continued into the future. But the reality is that if Cory Wade managed to get one more strike last night, we wouldn’t even be thinking about those kinds of questions. The same goes for the Yankees. The Yankees could be heading for some kind of outcome ranging from embarrassing defeat to heroic, historic victory this month, but at this point that will mostly be determined by luck and fate. Regardless of the outcome, the Yankees have had an amazing season.
So, we’ll all start the circus tomorrow. I’ll try to contain my nervous pacing, cursing at the TV screen, and hate for all things FOX. Its October baseball time, and there’s nothing better in sports.