No more baseball games that count for the next five months and change. I should look into a countdown clock until the 2007 season opener. I’m going through withdrawal right now.
Once again, congrats go out to the St. Louis Cardinals for winning their 10th World Series last night. A couple weeks ago, I almost posted that the Cards had Chris Carpenter and a couple average pitchers. Those “average” pitchers only went out and garnered the NLCS MVP (Jeff Suppan), pitched an absolute Game One game (Anthony Reyes) and tossed the game of his life in the series clincher (Jeff Weaver). My concern going into the postseason was whether anyone besides Carpenter would step up and produce. I think the whole world got the answer.
Yadier Molina, a tremendous defensive catcher, showed he had a little punch too. His Game 7 NLCS home run is one clutch hit that won’t be forgotten anytime soon. He had a great playoffs, offensive and defensively.
The bullpen was excellent. You couldn’t ask for a better job from a closer, Adam Wainwright, who inherited the job in September.
I would like have the phrase “Shocked the World” removed from everyone’s memory. While the Cards were underdogs, I’ve grown old of hearing that same phrase whenever an instance like this happens. I know I’ll have to live with it.
Despite their WS loss, you have to give a world of credit and respect to the Tigers. Three seasons removed from 119 losses and a drought of 12 straight losing seasons went away this season. The Tigers gave their fans a season that exceeded all expectations. Detroit’s pitching staff was tremendous this season as the veteran Kenny Rogers anchored the group. Justin Verlander should be the favorite to win AL Rookie of the Year. This year, we all learned just how fast Joel Zumaya can throw. Offensively, the Motor City Maulers showed they could hit home runs with the best of them. Guys like Craig Monroe and Brandon Inge cracked the 25-home run mark for a well-balanced attack.
It seems automatic that Jim Leyland will win the AL Manager of the Year, I think he had it clinched by August. What a great job he did.
So for the next five months, it’s out of game mode and into Hot Stove mode. In my area, Northern Virginia, there are two huge baseball questions looming currently.
a) Who will the Nationals next manager be?
b) Where will Soriano land in 2007?
I plan to blog almost everyday in the offseason. They’re still managerial hires, signings and awards to give out shortly. For now, my wife can have the television non-stop until early April.