Congratulations to the White Sox for winning the American League pennant and thus finally killing their Lack Of Good Marketing Curse. I'm glad that nobody really cares about the agonies of being a White Sox fan - 88 years since their last World Series victory, 46 years since the previous AL flag. I just don't think I could stand two consecutive "Fever Pitch" championships. God help us all if the Cubs ever get this far.
The possibility that the Chisox might be playing the never-won-a-pennant Astros should make for a good story line if it comes to that. It's a little hard after last night's game not to think that the Stros might have Destiny on their side, though as Joe Sheehan reminds us, if they lose tonight they'll be in the same position they were last year, up 3-2 and heading back to Saint Louis. Go ahead and chill the champagne, but don't loiter around the fridge just yet.
As for the disputed strike call against Jim Edmonds last night, I confess that as I saw it in real time, I thought "Ball four". On replay, I didn't think it was the worst call I'd ever seen - top 25 maybe, just not Worst Ever. Edmonds clearly had a beef about it, and he's far from the only player in any series to have cause for complaint about the randomly-generated "strike zone". That said, he has no excuse for getting himself tossed. He'd already seen Tony LaRussa get the heave-ho for arguing ball and strike calls; there was no percentage in bitching about it. Shut up and step back into the box, it's a full count now. And maybe, just maybe, Beelzebud Selig might give some thought to a better way of picking which umpires get to call playoff games next year.Posted by Charles Kuffner on October 17, 2005 to Baseball | TrackBack