The Tigers May Be Done, But I'm Still Watching Baseball

The MLB playoffs begin today and I am excited. Sure, I would be a lot more excited if we were preparing for a Tigers post-season run but the MLB playoffs bring plenty of intrigue whether the Tigers are part of it or not.

I probably started paying attention to the MLB playoffs sometime in the mid-90s. I was drawn in by the increased intensity of the game compared to the regular season games I was used to watching involving the Tigers. Add on top of that a 40 degree night in Cleveland or New York and it was quite obvious these games were something far different from the lazy affairs during the dog-days of Summer.

Perhaps it was the ignorance of my youth but I don’t recall the hatred towards the Yankees that we see today, probably because they were still underachievers at the time. With the Tigers never a factor in the post-season I started rooting for the Yankees to get over the hump and win their first championship in a number of years.

My admiration grew along with the Yankee dynasty. I figured if the Tigers weren’t going to win a World Series then the Yankees might as well win it every year. After all, George Steinbrenner did everything in his power to field a winner, a far cry from what I was seeing from the Tigers at the time.

Before I draw the ire of Yankee-haters everywhere, I will mention that my stance has softened over the years. I do cheer on the underdogs much more than I used to as I have become more involved in following the game over the years. Living outside of Michigan for a while and interacting with people from different places has caused me to root for teams like the Reds and Rockies. Heck, you might hate the Twins but you still have to respect them for what they do.

The thing I now look forward to at playoff time is sitting back and watching some really good ball. I will be cheering on the Reds against Philadelphia but I am content to go along for the ride with the other series. The football season is in full-swing but baseball is giving us one last showcase of its greatest teams and players. We would be remiss to let it pass without notice.

Consider this your chance to talk playoffs. Is there a story line that has interested you that you are looking to follow through the post-season? Have you picked out a team to cheer on this October? How about a team to cheer against?

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  • Matt Snyder

    I think I’d like to see a Twins-Rangers ALCS. I’ll probably back the Giants and Reds in the NL too. I guess you can say I’m anti-east coast. Don’t we hear enough about them all year?

  • Bob

    With the Tigers out of the playoffs, I don’t give a damn who wins the World Series and I probably won’t watch a single second of the playoffs. By this time of year I’m rather burnt out on baseball, and it’s been especially true since baseball ceded its power over to the networks who now tell baseball how to schedule the post season with absolutely nothing but the almighty dollar guiding the way. As a result, no day time baseball on the weekends and games starting as late as possible in order to guarantee the most commercial money. I read a piece the other day where numb nuts Selig would actually look favorably on an expansion of playoff teams. It’s for the fans of course. Bullshit, it’s about the money. This crazy SOB won’t be happy until the World Series ends Thanksgiving week. Speaking about $$$$, I just find it absolutely hilarious that the Giants are thinking of keeping Barry Zito off their playoff roster because he hasn’t performed up to expectations. And they owe that slug another $70 million or so for the next 4 years! All guaranteed of course. There are an almost countless number of people in baseball who have more money than functioning brain cells.

    • Zac Snyder

      Bob, I agree with you on the power the networks have. The scheduling has gotten ridiculous over the years but baseball is no different than its counterparts in this regard. It is crazy that the NBA would schedule two off days in the middle of a series without any travel.

      The scarcity of playoff spots in baseball is what makes them so special. I think the wild card format works well and is the right balance between opportunity to qualify and cheapening the accomplishment.

  • Chris

    It’s harder to hate a ‘dynasty’ that seems to be built on the fortuitous development of HoF-caliber players (like the Yankees of the ’50s for example) than it is to hate a ‘dynasty’ built on the willingness to outbid anyone else for the best of every free agent crop. Oh, I definitely hate the Yankees. But back in the ’80s there was no one to hate.

    • Zac Snyder

      It is interesting to note that what might be considered the Yankee’s modern dynasty began in the mid-90s with a host of homegrown talent. It was after they won a few that the silliness ensued. Jeter, Rivera, and Posada are the only holdovers left.

  • Zac Snyder

    I know I said I am rooting for the Reds this post-season but it was still very cool to see the second post-season no-hitter in MLB history. That is why you keep watching!