Random thoughts now that the season is really over

Now that we've had a few days to recover from the end of the season - and yes, I consider the last game of the World Series the end of the season, not the last time the Yankees play a game - I felt like writing out some thoughts that I had about the playoffs, about the season and about baseball in general. The post will be in its usual bullet point form this morning because my mind is all over the place this week.

  • Congratulations to the Kansas City Royals and their fans on their championship. That was a quite a series.
  • We kept calling them the relentless Royals on social media and that moniker fit them very well.
  • It was amazing to watch that team make comeback after comeback.
  • And congratulations to the Mets and their fans. They have nothing to be upset about or embarrassed about, honestly. I'm not being a jerk here.
  • The team went much further than anyone could have imagined and they have a lot to look forward to with that core of starting pitching and with Familia as their closer.
  • I also don't think Collins made the wrong decision letting Harvey pitch the ninth, but he did make a mistake keeping him in after the leadoff walk. He should have been pulled immediately after that.
  • But I won't pretend that I was brokenhearted when the Royals tied the game in the ninth inning.
  • I was thrilled.
  • I was even more thrilled when they kept scoring in the 12th inning.
  • It was slightly amusing for me because when the Royals won Game 1 in extra innings, I said to someone (maybe my brother), "Watch this series end up like 2000 with the Royals beating them in five and celebrating on their field."
  • Yeah, I should have made a bet on that. Oh well. You live and learn.
  • I was also thrilled that Daniel Murphy made two awful miscues in the World Series.
  • Murphtober? Nope.
  • I'll admit that I did feel slightly bad for my longtime Mets fan friends and family, but I didn't feel that bad because they love rubbing it in when the Yankees lose in the playoffs so...
  • Too bad, so sad.
  • Let's move onto baseball in general.
  • I saw someone, I believe it was Ben Lindbergh of Baseball Prospectus, formerly of Grantland, say that we shouldn't be expected to go from caring about the World Series to caring about qualifying offers in one day. I thought that was pretty funny. Because when you think about it, that is quite a let down.
  • But the good thing is that even though baseball isn't being played, things are still happening. No matter how boring they are.
  • Like take for instance, the exit interviews. New hitting coach Alan Cockrell, who was the assistant hitting coach this past season for the Yankees, was talking about some players and revealed that Brett Gardner had been battling a wrist issue for most of the season.
  • Now how come we know about some players' injuries but not others?
  • He also said that Alex Rodriguez is one of the smartest players he's ever met. Well, duh, Alan. I could have told you that.
  • Is there anything worse than picking up your coffee mug, thinking there's coffee left but it's empty? I don't think so.
  • This is a multi-cup day.
  • Back to A-Rod, he received a "nearly standing ovation" last night at an ALS event. What's a nearly standing ovation? Does that mean that some people stood and some didn't? Or does it mean that the entire audience was sort of standing but not quite? Like they were about to stand upright but were still bent at the waist with their butts off their seats.
  • This is how my brain works. Now I am picturing a room of people who can't decide whether to sit or stand, and I am very amused.
  •  Picture it. It's funny.
  • I'm currently watching an episode of Match Game '78 and Don Sutton is on. During one of the episodes he was on this week, he mentioned how Tommy Lasorda wanted people to make reservations for the fall because they would be back in the Fall Classic.
  • How prescient of Lasorda.
  • Too bad he didn't know that the Dodgers would lose to the Yankees for the second straight year.
  • My dad went to Game 3 of the '78 Series. That was the game when Graig Nettles played insane defense at third and saved the Yankees' butts a few times.
  • Dad loved talking about that game.
  • Dad loved talking about a lot of things and I miss him.

Happy Thursday, everyone.