Well, That Wasn't Disappointing: That's two years in a row of lower-budget Wild Card teams dispatching the Bronx Overdogs, performing a tap-dance on Bud Selig's toupee, all while playing inspired team ball with lots of baserunning, defense, and fearless managing. What's not to like?
I would just like to point out that on March 4 of this year, I identified the Florida Marlins as one of the three best longshot bets to win the World Series. My comment at the time:
tons of good young pitching, snakebitten with turmoil last year, playing in an aging division, just added the second-best catcher in baseball.They were 100-1 at the time, and yet I'm stupid enough not to have put down a $10 bet. There's always next year!
Real happy for Pudge, who (like Alex Rodriguez now) got a bad rap for Texas' eternal inability to field a Major League pitching staff. He's a marvelous player, the best catcher I've ever seen (that includes J. Bench), and yet he's somehow managed to be underrated. And I can't say I'm unhappy that this Yankee dynasy as we know it is likely to be dismantled. Enough was enough; there were too many extravagantly pointless Raul Mondesi acquisitions, and the team just isn't as poetic as it was before assembling the great-hit, no-field right side of the diamond. And, much as I tout all the sabermetric B.S., I'm pleased as punch that those over-compensating, too-rigid a-holes are going to have to spend another off-season trying to convince us that fundamental baseball is for the Dumb, Garrett Anderson is the Devil, and that walks & homers Win Everything. Well, they don't, Prospectites, and for that you should be thankful.
So, who are my top three longshots for 2004? The winter will change everything, of course, but here's a preliminary guess: the San Diego Padres, the Toronto Blue Jays, and your California Angels. You heard it here first.Posted by at October 26, 2003 12:43 AM