By Mike Steffanos
Is it just me, or is anyone else getting tired of all the stories being written about how "unwatchable" these playoffs are? Sorry if we're not producing a show that's compelling enough for the rest of the country. If I might make a suggestion, if you feel that you aren't being entertained enough by what you see, take your remote and find something else.
There have been many years that I have lost interest in the playoffs, and rather than harp on the perceived deficiencies of the teams still left, I've wished them all good luck and moved on. If I have to read one more story whining about the Mets and Cards throwing Perez and Reyes at each other, I would have screamed. Obviously, both teams would have sincerely hoped that they could have had a better option, but they didn't. Reading some of this crap you get the impression if you didn't know better that both teams pitching problems were part of some diabolical plot against the rest of the country than simply due to unforeseen injuries. Get over it.
I found the White Sox' run through the playoffs last year compelling, in that in many ways the Sox are the equivalent of the Mets in their own town, although admittedly the Cubs weren't winning any titles, either. Still, they're a distant second in Chicago, and their fans had waited a long time for a title. So I picked them to root for, and was glad when they won. Many of those games were hardly epic, however, and the World Series wasn't all that compelling. That's beside the point. You find a reason to watch or you don't. If you don't, go away and leave it to those who still care. Stop whining that there is no "truly great team" in these playoffs -- most years there aren't.
Also, for those of you who have a bug up you're a** about anything from New York, get over yourself. For instance, I read one story where some of the Tigers were complaining about having last Friday's game moved to the afternoon. They weren't buying that it had anything to do with weather. They were convinced they were being dissed because the network wanted the New York team in prime time. Ooh, what a tragedy. Oakland had already lost both games at home, so that series had one foot on a banana peel, anyway, and making the choice of a network programmer bulletin board material is kind of silly to say the least. Knock yourself out, I guess, if you're someone who is so anti-New York that you need such conspiracy theories, or if you're a ballclub that needs to motivate yourself for the World Series with that. We're just hoping we get there.
Stop Piling On Trachsel
As distasteful as Steve's awful game 3 start was, the feeding frenzy from those questioning his manhood is truly sickening. No one really knows what was in Trachsel's head, and he wasn't pitching any worse than he's done against any patient club this season. The Mets absolutely need to go with another option the rest of the way, but that's a simple baseball decision. Enough of this pointless speculation on what was in Trachsel's heart. We'll never know. Leave it at that, and stop kicking a guy who's already down. In case you're not aware of it, that's gutless, too.
I was watching the Daily Show last night, and Jon Stewart had a funny piece early in the show lampooning his less-then-perfect stint throwing out the first pitch before Friday night's game 2 of the NLCS at Shea. I'll give Jon credit for one thing, at least he threw from the mound. Daryl Strawberry did the ceremonial first pitch before game one and threw from about 50 feet. Don't be so hard on yourself, Jon; being booed at Shea is a badge of honor for a real fan like you.
Of course, the Mets lost the game, so you understand that you are not allowed to throw out any more first pitches this post-season, okay? We've already banned another true Mets fan, Tim Robbins, from the television booth the rest of the way.
Greg from Faith and Fear in Flushing takes exception with the silly "Best Fans in Baseball" moniker that has been attached to the Redbirds fans. I couldn't agree more. That myth has as much validity as the belief of many in Cardinals country that people in the Northeast smoke dope with their kids while forcing them to watch gay porn.