A Random Melange of Thoughts from the Postseaon so far

Wow, it has been one hell of a Postseason so far. Barring one’s own team making it to October, a baseball fan couldn’t ask for a better gift than watching all four Division Series going to five games complete with extra innings, walk off wins, taut pitching duels and plenty of derring-do in the field and at the plate. I only wish I had a little more time to take it all in. Ugh. It’s not as if I’m glad the Angels aren’t in the Postseason this year, but if I have to spend this many late hours on a work project in October, let’s just say I’m glad it happens to coincide with a year the Angels aren’t in the playoffs. Because, seriously, if it was the Angels I was only able to watch with part of my distracted attention, my coworkers would be significantly less than thrilled with me right now. Hell hath no grumpiness like a fan denied, and all that. Anyway, couple of thoughts on the Postseason so far.

Derek Jeter: I’m rooting against the Yankees, which shouldn’t really be a shock. I generally root against them. But that doesn’t mean I ever want players get hurt. It was shock and a half, seeing Derek Jeter fracture his ankle. It looked bad when he went down, then it almost looked like he was joking with Robinson Cano and I briefly thought he might be okay but then, *shudders* that look on his face and you had to know it was bad even before the diagnosis was in. Not the way anyone wants to end their season and certainly not the way any fan of the game wants to see any player, let alone one of the all-time greats, end their season. I wish Jeter a full and speedy recovery.

Drew Storen: I will lament bad plays and bad seasons in blog posts, but I could never boo an Angels player, no matter how bad the season. So I absolutely cannot understand the level of hate heaped on Drew Storen after his blown save in game five of the Nationals/Cardinals series. Yes, the blown save was terribly disappointing, especially with all four runs coming after the 2nd out, epsecially after such a magical season. But, as with most losses, this was a team loss. What of the other relievers that let the Nationals 6 -1 lead slowly slip into a close game in the 9th? What of the offense that went all but dormant after the 3rd inning? There is no one person to blame here and that’s baseball. Besides, even if there was, the Nationals had a great season, a season fans should be proud of. And, while I’m not going to tell you that baseball is only a game – because to those of us who love it, it is so much more than that – I will say that very few things in this world justify heaping that level of hate on a person and baseball is not one of them.

Bryce Harper: We as fans gripe when players practice their clichés with maddening dedication in their interactions with the media, so why do so many folks complain even louder when the occasional player or manager breaks the mold and actually speaks their mind? I laughed when Bryce Harper got sarcastic with the reporter. “You think so? Maybe you should be our hitting coach.” Hilarious. Look, the how do you feel questions are abysmally stupid questions – how do you think I feel?! – that must be asked, even so. Reporters can’t exactly write an entire article based on how the player appeared to feel and what the manager said about how the player feels. They need quotes directly from the player even when the answer is pretty obvious. Understanding this, however, doesn’t mean that I’m not going to appreciate the hell out of it with my laughter if, every once in a while, a player responds to such questions with the kind of sarcastic response I’ve certainly got in my head. If Harper responded to reporters like this in every interview, I’d go along with the brat assessment. But, as it is, I’m just going to be thankful for the occasional non-“it’s a marathon not a sprint” gems. They provide humor, the provide a bit of insight and you have to admit, the kid’s got a way with words.

And that’s all the thoughts fit to print from this old brain for now. Hopefully I will get a little more time to watch October baseball in the coming weeks and get a few more thoughts on the blog.

6 Comments

Thank you for being a true and honest fan as well as wishing Jeter the best, despite your preference in teams. We should never have ill-wishes towards anyone and many people are losing sight of that. Bryce Harper is young and immature in many ways, he still as a lot to learn about how to be professional but I appreciate his talent and he as an individual nonetheless. His remark really had me chuckling! Gotta love it. Kids will be kids. Everyone has to remember he is 19! He may break bats and throw tantrums, but he will eventually grow out of that- we should hope. ;) If not, oh well! Yet another interesting personality in baseball.

Thank you for dropping by my blog and commenting! I agree, the game should absolutely be competitive but also always fun, entertaining, and full of true sportsmanship for players and fans alike. And it is fun to watch the immature young ones grow into their more mature personalities. I think Harper will always be a bat breaker – joining a a grand tradition of passionate adult bat breakers :) – but he’ll learn to tone it down some and channel it more effectively.

– Kristen

Yes, the playoffs have been a roller-coaster all the way around. Even as I Tiger fan, though, I wasn’t thrilled to see Jeter injured. That’s not the way you want to win, but they are part of the game. And, yeah, the Harper quote was awesome. You have to wonder what reporters are thinking half of the time. Enjoy the rest of the post season.
–Mike

Thanks Mike! Congrats to your Tigers for making it to the Series.

– Kristen

Oh man was I rooting for the Tigers. I just can’t stand the Yankee, but it was sad to see Jeter go down like that. I never want players to get hurt, no matter how much I don’t like their team. I say Tigers win it all, honestly don’t see the Giants or Cards can really beat the Tigers.
-David
http://bleacherboy.mlblogs.com/

Not a Yankees fan either David? *grins* I think the Tigers look pretty good too. Should be a great series either way, especially with the NLCS heating up at the end.

– Kristen

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