First there was the September collapse of the Red Sox, capped off by one of the craziest and most historic nights of baseball on Sept. 28. Then the Tigers defeated the Yankees to move onto the ALCS while the Cardinals set out to prove to the Phillies that having arguably the best pitching staff in the league still won’t get you to the World Series, thanks to Chris Carpenter. On top of that, the Rangers quickly eliminated the Rays before the Brewers dashed the Diamondbacks’ (and my) hopes at a championship.
So, ladies and gentlemen, we’re left with Detroit, Texas, St. Louis and Milwaukee. Did we expect this? I sure didn’t. I thought the Rangers might make another run, but I didn’t anticipate going into this round of the playoffs without seeing the Red Sox, Yankees and the Phillies.
I hoped for a Phillies-Red Sox World Series and wanted to see Hunter Pence finally win a title. But the Texas State Bobcat in me was rooting for Arizona and Paul Goldschmidt to make it all the way. Talk about sweet victory as a rookie…
Now, the question is: Who do I root for in these playoffs? Do I go the route of supporting my beloved home state and cheer for the Rangers? Do I stick to cheering for the National League with the Brewers, even though they knocked the D-backs out of the playoffs? One thing’s for sure: I can’t go for the Cardinals, even if they do have Lance Berkman. The Astros love to hate St. Louis, and that will never change.
So, Go Tigers? I mean, they have Jose Valverde, who’s taken them this far, and they eliminated the Yankees. That’s a huge plus.
Who are you rooting for to take the 2011 World Series title?